Yemen Crisis

Crisis in Yemen

The country faces a triple threat of conflict, famine and cholera

A country on the brink of the worst famine in 100 years

More than 22 million people are in dire need of assistance

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About the Yemen Crisis

Yemen currently has the greatest level of humanitarian needs in the world. According to a December report, nearly 16 million people don’t have enough to eat and are in urgent need of emergency assistance. The conflict has resulted in over 10,000 deaths and two million people displaced, looking for shelter from disease and violence. 

The war in Yemen is having a disproportionate impact on Yemeni women and girls, who are exposed to increased risk of violence, exploitation and abuse while having a harder time accessing basic health care, including maternal and child health.

Women and children are already dying from malnutrition in Yemen and the situation could grow far worse. 1.8 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition, of whom 400,000 children under five are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. There are around 1.1 million malnourished pregnant and breast-feeding women. More than 3.25 million women in Yemen are facing increased health and protection risks.

Hunger and famine are a direct result of war and can only fully be eliminated by bringing the conflict to an end.


What CARE is Doing

In Yemen, CARE reaches 1 million of the most vulnerable Yemenis every month, providing essential food, water and sanitation services. The fighting has targeted civilians and damaged infrastructure, including roads, mills, ports and medical facilities. CARE is working tirelessly to reach those in need. But with more support CARE can save even more lives – we want to double the number of vulnerable Yemenis we reach each month, to 2 million.
CARE has been present in Yemen since 1992, and as a result we know the country very well. CARE has key staff based in all our area offices of Amran, Hajjah, Taiz and Aden, which enables us to scale up our work in Yemen. Through cash and voucher transfers, CARE supports the most vulnerable and conflict-affected households to meet basic needs such as food.
CARE recognizes that women are more vulnerable to shocks and stresses and yet at the same time often contribute disproportionately towards coping strategies and recovery. CARE ensures participation of women in beneficiary selection committees, specifically targeting vulnerable female-headed households.

*Updated January 2019

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How CARE works in emergencies


CARE directly reached 56 million people in 95 countries in 2018. Through advocacy and the replication and scaling of programs and innovations, CARE indirectly reached an additional 340 million.


In emergencies, CARE is among the first to arrive and the last to leave. When it comes to responding to an emergency, timing is crucial.