Yemen Emergency Appeal
An already devastating humanitarian situation has been severely worsened by increased fighting. At least 900 people have been reported dead, 2,000 injured and more than 100,000 have been displaced from their homes.
Yemen Emergency Stats
One year after armed conflict escalated across Yemen, an estimated 21.2 million people—82 percent of the total population—need some form of humanitarian assistance.
Many necessities are in short supply, including electricity, water, and fuel, and medical centres are overwhelmed. Food scarcity remains a critical issue. Wheat flour is no longer available and bakeries have closed down in some communities. UNOCHA reported that “the humanitarian situation is critical.”
• 14.4 million people unable to meet their food needs; 7.6 million of those are severely food insecure
• 19.4 million people lack clean water and sanitation; 9.8 million of them lost access to water due to conflict
• 14.1 million people are without adequate health care
• At least 2.7 million have fled their homes within Yemen or to neighbouring countries
An Islamic Relief staff member based in Sana’a reported that this is the worst situation he has ever experienced in Yemen: “Even before the recent violence, Yemen was in crisis, but this has now moved to another level. People are living in fear of their lives and with no electricity, very little fuel and food prices escalating. They are really struggling to get by. The level of suffering is almost overwhelming.” Based on reports from the Islamic Relief Yemen office, Islamic Relief Worldwide stated: Generally, in Yemen the needs remain concentrated in mass casualty management; protection; water/sanitation; food and non-food items especially for displaced people. In all areas, ensuring a reliable water supply is an urgent priority. The diesel shortage is a serious threat to a continuous flow of water networks, with expectation of fuel supplies of the Local Water and Sanitation Corporation to run out in several days. Food prices are reported to be rising in major cities. Host communities are providing first-line response for displaced people and are reportedly offering food supplies. In many cases, this will not be sustainable, as many affected areas already struggle with food insecurity. Reports from local sources indicate that civilian and public infrastructures continue to be affected by the conflict.
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Children under 5 are on the brink of dying
- Millions of people are at risk of starvation in Yemen
- 3 million children, pregnant women and new mothers are acutely malnourished
- 462,000 of these are children under 5 and on the brink of dying
Abdulrahman (pictured), from Hodeida in Yemen, suffered from Severe Acute Malnutrition since birth. At 12 months old he only weighed 3.3kg. Abdulrahman is one of the fortunate ones; we were able to enrol him onto a nutrition programme just over 6 months ago at a health centre supported by Islamic Relief.
Alhamdulillah, many children like AbdulRahman are getting the help they need, but millions are still in desperate need. 14.4 million people in Yemen lack access to sufficient nutritious food.
Islamic Relief is on the ground in 18 of the country’s 22 governorates and so far have been able to reach millions of people, but we can do more. That’s why, as a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), we are supporting their Yemen Crisis Appeal.
For just R450 you could provide a month’s supply of life-saving peanut paste to a malnourished child. Please donate now and help save lives.