Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Violence in Yemen

Ongoing violence in Yemen has resulted in 20 million people-80% of the population-in need of humanitarian assistance. Yemen currently has the greatest level of humanitarian needs in the world. 

10 Million People are at Risk of Losing Access to Water

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CARE is assisting thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide, including the two largest groups of refugees in the world in Dadaab, Kenya and the countries bordering Syria.

About the Yemen Crisis

Yemen currently has the greatest level of humanitarian needs in the world. After an armed conflict erupted in March, over 20 million people--80 percent of the population—is in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

The conflict has resulted in over 2000 deaths and one million people displaced. Yemenis are struggling to survive as fuel, food and medical supplies are critically low due to the closure of land, sea and air routes. Just 14% of national fuel requirements have arrived in country since the end of March putting 10 million people at risk of losing access to water. Over 12 million people are going hungry as wheat and other staples are in increasingly short supply. More than 15 million are without access to health care as hospitals shut down due to lack of medical supplies and power cuts. 

CARE's Response

CARE has been working in Yemen since 1992, and is currently providing humanitarian assistance through water, sanitation and hygiene services and reproductive health services to needy populations in Yemen. 

Water is one of the most critical needs in Yemen. CARE is trucking in water and installing water tanks, as well as, distributing hygiene kits in vulnerable neighborhoods in Yemen. With over 15 million people unable to access healthcare, CARE is also providing safe birthing kits for pregnant women and mothers with young children.

The ongoing violence is making humanitarian access to those most in need extremely challenging, and CARE continues to call on all parties to the conflict and the international community to prioritize the access and delivery of life-saving supplies to the affected people in Yemen.

How CARE works in emergencies


In 2011 alone, CARE reached 12 million people affected by natural disasters, conflict situations and other crises.


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.