The humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world. Continuing conflict, airstrikes and restrictions on imports have left more than 20 million Yemenis (67 per cent of the population) without enough food. Of these people, 9.6 million are one step away from famine. At least one child dies every ten minutes in Yemen because of preventable diseases such as diarrhoea, malnutrition andrespiratory tract infections.
Before the war, Yemen was already one of the poorest countries in the Middle East. Its citizens relied on imports for 90 per cent of their food. More than four years of violence has pushed the country to the brink of famine.
The situation in Yemen
Since April 2015, Yemen has been in the grip of a war where the Saudi-led coalition and the internationally recognised government are battling with the Houthis to control key ports and cities in the country.
Ordinary civilians are paying the terrible price. An estimated 80 per centof the population –24 million people –require some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 14.3 million who are in acute need.
All warring parties, and those fuelling the conflict through arms transfers, are implicated in this man-made humanitarian crisis.
What is Oxfam doing?
Since July 2015, Oxfam has reached more than 3 million people in nine governorates of Yemen with clean water, sanitation and help to buy food.
Oxfam has been working in Yemen since 1983 and in that time we have never seen a humanitarian crisis of this scale. It is now one of our largest humanitarian responses. The ongoing war makes our work incredibly challenging, but we’re determined to keep on doing what it takes to save lives.
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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Yemenis face the triple threat of war, disease and hunger. More than 22 million people – 75% of the country – are in need of humanitarian assistance.