Yemen Hunger Crisis
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.
“Since March 2015 the situation has got worse. Eighty per cent of people in Yemen now need humanitarian assistance. Essential goods, such as food, have more than doubled in price, and specific medicines can no longer be found in the shops.” Sami Jassar – Islamic Relief aid worker in Yemen
Recent and ongoing military action is increasing in a country that has endured many years of internal conflict, causing a crisis. Thousands have been killed and millions have been forced to flee from their homes. Numerous hospitals and schools have been damaged, and some power and water supplies have been lost. In total, 14 of Yemen’s 22 governorates have been affected.
Of a population of 24 million, more than half – 61 per cent – were already reliant on humanitarian aid before the conflict deepened. Malnourishment is a widespread, and Yemen is water-scarce, causing fears that Sana’a could soon be without water.
Islamic Relief response
Islamic Relief is currently working in 18 of Yemen’s 22 governorates, distributing food in partnership with the UN’s World Food Programme. We’ve provided food to more than 2.5 million people, and have equipped 21 hospitals and clinics across the country to support doctors and nurses working to treat wounded, sick and malnourished people.
The areas where we have responded include Sanaa, Sana’a city, Aden, Taiz, Lahj, Abyan, Amran, Shabwah, Mareb, Sa’ada, Hodeida, Hadramout and Dhamar.
As well as continuing with the food distributions, we have provided emergency water through the installation of water tanks as well as kidney dialysis items to multiple clinics.
Islamic Relief has been working in Yemen since 2004 and works through offices run by local staff in Sa’dah, Hajja, Amran, Sana’a, Ma’rib and Dhamar.
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
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.