Yemen is on the brink of famine after two years of devastating conflict. So far thousands of people have been killed and over 3 million forced to flee their homes. More than half of the country is without enough to eat. We are delivering emergency aid but we urgently need your help to do more.
A brutal and devastating conflict
The people of Yemen are experiencing one of the world’s gravest humanitarian crises, but very little is known about it. The conflict between a Saudi-led coalition of Gulf countries and the Government of Yemen against the Ansar-Allah movement (also known as the Houthis), which escalated in March 2015, caused over 50,000 deaths and injuries.
Over three million people have been forced to flee their homes due to the bombing and fighting. Nearly 19 million people – 70 percent of Yemen population – need emergency aid.
The specter of famine
The country’s economy has been shattered. Countless homes, warehouses, farms and vital parts of civilian infrastructure have been destroyed. Basic services like health or water supply are collapsing. Food prices are continuing to rise, while many of the poorest people have lost their incomes.
Now an estimated 17 million Yemenis, 60 percent of the population, are suffering from food insecurity and malnutrition, including 7 million now on the brink of famine. Over 26,700 suspected cases of cholera or acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) have been reported since October 2016.
Even before the conflict started, nearly 90 percent of Yemen's food had to be imported. However, the flow of food has been massively disrupted by the warring parties. In October 2016, the country was only importing the 40 percent of the food it needed. In these circumstances, bread and tea is for many people the only diet available.
We are delivering essential aid in the north and south of the country and have reached more than one million people across the frontlines, since July 2015.
Help includes cash payments to help families to buy food; clean water and sanitation services, including in hard-to-reach areas of the country, by trucking drinking water and repairing water systems and latrines; supporting families with livestock treatment and cash for work programs.
In response to the cholera outbreak, we have directly supported over 472,000 people from four governorates in coordination with other international agencies. We are delivering clean water, filters, jerry cans, building latrines and organizing hygiene awareness programs.
Help us do more, donate now
Peace talks and a partially observed cessation of hostilities ended in early August, airstrikes and ground fighting are now on the rise yet again. For millions of Yemeni women, men and children, life remains a daily struggle and violence a constant threat.
We are on the ground distributing life-saving aid, but we urgently need to reach more people and we can’t do it without you. Please donate.
Updated in April 2017
*Name changed to protect identity