The humanitarian situation in Yemen is catastrophic. Escalating violence and airstrikes since March 2015 have seen more than 6,100 people killed, an average of 113 casualties per day. Deadly clashes and air strikes in Yemen have forced an estimated 2.5 million people to flee their homes since March 2015.
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 725,000 war affected people. This includes:
- Cash payments to 65,000 people to help families displaced by the conflict to buy food.
- Clean water and sanitation services for 435,500 people (including in hard-to-reach areas of the country) by delivering drinking water and rehabilitating water systems and latrines. Oxfam is also providing equipment to enable urban water authorities to pump water to an additional 820,000 people in Aden and Al Hawtah.
- Supporting more than 11,000 families with livestock treatment and more than 14,000 individuals with cash for work.
Now, Oxfam are delivering more than 1.7 million litres of clean water to people in the north and south of the country. 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, with 7.6 million people already severely food insecure.
“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.”
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