Johan Mooij, CARE’s country director in Yemen, told TIME about CARE’s efforts to deliver aid to millions of people in Yemen, the site of the world's worst humanitarian crisis, worsened by a recent Saudi-led blockade.
Yemen Humanitarian Crisis
Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, is facing a humanitarian crisis. Political instability has devastated the country, and currently more than 10.5 million people are at risk of food insecurity. In addition, refugees from Syria are straining already-scarce resources.
The humanitarian community in Yemen is outraged by the continued blockade by the Saudi-led coalition of humanitarian and commercial supplies desperately needed for the survival of the Yemeni population.
The humanitarian community in Yemen is greatly alarmed at the decision by the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) to close all of Yemeni airports, seaports and land crossings which is preventing critical humanitarian aid deliveries and commercial supplies from reaching the country and the movement of aid w
“I sold all the house assets so that I can afford to pay the rent and to feed my children," says 35-year-old Asala. The mother of four children had to leave her home and now lives in Amran in western central. The family fled their village after their house was destroyed by an airstrike.
Hamamah, 45, was displaced with her three daughters from Razah in Amran. They struggle to find enough food on daily bases.
Bushra Abdullah and her family came to Hajja city, Yemen in search of a better life after being displaced from their home in Alwasha district due to the country’s conflict. Yemen is also facing a cholera outbreak that is compounding the country’s dire humanitarian crisis.
Seven-month-old Hatem waits to have the tube from the rehydration kit used to treat him for cholera removed. His little hand cannot take it any more. But the hospital where he was brought to receive treatment is crowded with new cases of infection arriving by the minute.
Ten-year-old Mustafa was admitted to the cholera isolation center at the Aljomhuri Hospital in Hajja, Yemen, in critical condition. His parents had hoped that the infection would clear by itself and delayed bringing Mustafa to the hospital.