Yemen: People wait their turn to take share of the water for their families - Oxfam has provided water tanks and clean drinking water for the displaced.

Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, is in the midst of a massive humanitarian crisis that only continues to deteriorate. The country already suffered a fuel crisis which brought the economy on the brink of collapse, deprived millions of people of clean water and caused food shortages. Today, rising hunger levels have left many families close to breaking point, and according to the UN, some vulnerable communities are facing critical levels of malnutrition.

  • A staggering 21.2 million women, men, girls and boys – 82 per cent of the population – require some kind of humanitarian assistance across the country.
  • Some 14.4 million people are struggling to find enough food; this includes 7.6 million people who are severely food insecure.
  • 19.3 million people lack adequate access to clean water or sanitation.
  • Access for 14.1 million people to healthcare services is disrupted.
  • 3 million women and children under five years require malnutrition treatment or preventive services. The UN estimates that more than 2.4 million people are internally displaced. Over 500,000 pregnant women do not have the possibility of giving birth safely.

Oxfam in Yemen

Oxfam has been working in Yemen for more than 30 years, co-operating with government authorities, as well as the civil society organizations, to improve the health care and livelihoods of thousands of people living in poverty.

Emergency response

The current situation has resulted in multiple new displacements, especially in Nihm and Midi districts. The UN and other key stakeholders have not agreed on a date and a place for the next round of the peace talks. The ongoing lack of decisive steps towards peace is deepening existing vulnerabilities in the country. In response to the current crisis Oxfam has supported more than 700,000 people:

In Taiz, Oxfam’s response has scaled up successfully, now reaching people in 5 affected districts and Taiz City. IDPs in Al Hawban received 100 new latrines.

In Aden, The Al Dhale’e Local Water and Sanitation Corporation received Oxfam-procured equipment to operate the water supply system to Hawtah City (Lahij). The system will provide water to 20,000 people.

In Hajjah and Al Hudaydah, Oxfam has started incremental implementation of the Water Trucking Exit Strategy in all target districts, and continued providing conflict affected people with safe and clean water in Az Zuhrah, Abs, Hayran and Haradh. The second and last round of Cash-for-Work distributions covered 2,000 households in Abs.

In Amran, Oxfam provided safe and clean water to people through 167 distribution points and 170 tanks in the Huth, Khamir and Al-Qaflah districts. Two rapid surveys are currently assessing the operational status of the water and sanitation facilities in IDPs’ locations.

Updated on March 23rd 2016