Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Crisis in Yemen

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

A humanitarian emergency

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.

 

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

 

 

CARE's Response

CARE Yemen reaches 1 million of the most vulnerable Yemenis per month, providing essential food, water and sanitation services. The fighting has targeted civilians and damaged civilian 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 for 26 years – since 1992 – and as a result we know the country very well.  CARE Yemen has a decentralized structure which enables us to be more flexible in scaling up, as we have key staff based in all our area offices of Amran, Hajjah, Taiz and Aden. 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 susceptible 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 December 2018

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