The humanitarian situation in Yemen is catastrophic. Escalating violence and airstrikes since March 2015 have seen more than 6,500 people killed according to the UN and forced an estimated 3.1 million people to flee their homes.
The situation in Yemen
- 82% of the population — 21.2 million people — are in need of life-saving aid such as food and clean water.
- Half of the population — 14.4 million people — require food assistance.
- Before this latest escalation in the conflict, more than 10 million Yemenis were already going hungry every day.
The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate with fuel shortages, rising food prices and a severe lack of basic services making daily survival a painful struggle for millions.
What is Oxfam doing?
In response to the current conflict, Oxfam has supported more than 913,000 people. This includes:
- Cash payments to more than 106,000 people to allow families to buy food in the local market.
- Trucking clean water to affected communities, delivering filters, jerry cans and building latrines and providing hygiene awareness sessions.
- Supporting more than 11,000 families with livestock treatment and more than 14,000 individuals with cash for work.
- Providing water to more than 55,000 people inside Taiz city by working with a local organisation and a private water trucking company.
- Running hygiene awareness sessions, building latrines, providing supplies to build shelters and helping with the removal of solid waster.
Sajjad Mohammad Sajid, Oxfam Country Director in Yemen, said: “Ground fighting, shelling and airstrikes by all warring parties have compounded an already severe food crisis and could push Yemen to the edge.”
“People desperately need food and water, medicine and health services, they need aid that can reach them — ultimately they need the conflict to end so they can rebuild their lives. All those fuelling Yemen’s tragedy need to stop being arms brokers and start becoming peace brokers. The international community must redouble its efforts to help bring this crisis to a peaceful resolution.”
We must do all we can to prevent any further suffering to those who already desperately need help. Please donate to the emergency food crisis today.
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