Yemen crisis

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Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. According to the UN escalating violence and airstrikes since March 2015 have seen more than 28,000 Yemenis either killed or injured.

The situation in Yemen

  • 22.2 million people, more than three in four Yemeni’s, are in need of humanitarian and protection assistance
  • 17.8 million people, three out of every five Yemeni’s, need food assistance and 8.4 million people are severely food insecure
  • 16 million people are in need of water and sanitation assistance
  • Over 3 million people have been forced from their homes because of the conflict

The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate with fuel shortages, rising food prices, a collapse in the value of the local currency and a severe lack of basic services making daily survival a painful struggle for millions.

What is Oxfam doing?

Oxfam has been in Yemen for more than 30 years, working with government authorities, as well as civil society organizations, to improve the water and sanitation services, and livelihoods of thousands of people living in poverty. Our focus is on women’s rights, health care, disaster preparedness, and helping people have a say in the decisions that affect them.

Emergency response

Since July 2015 Oxfam has reached more than 3 million people in nine governorates of Yemen with water and sanitation services, cash assistance and food vouchers.

Oxfam has provided clean water and sanitation services for more than one million people, including in hard-to-reach areas of the country, through providing water by truck, repairing water systems, delivering filters and jerry cans, as well as building latrines and organizing cleaning campaigns.

Oxfam is managing to provide water to more than 126,000 people inside Taiz city by working with a local organisation and a private water trucking company, and supporting over 420,000 people in the governorate with water and sanitation services and cash assistance.

Oxfam is also supporting over 166,000 people in the southern governorates of Abyan, Aden, Lahj and Al-Dhale’a with water, hygiene and sanitation services.

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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Millions of people are experiencing extreme hunger in Yemen. We urgently need your help to feed families and save lives.

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