A total of
people in need received our assistance in 2017.
Yemen is one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. What started as a local conflict has become a power struggle between other countries in the region.
A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition has been fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015, after the armed group took control of capital Sana’a and ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. In November 2017, the coalition closed the ports in Sana’a to stop weapons from reaching the Houthi group – which also blocked shipments of food and medicine. On top of this, the economic collapse has stopped salary payments and caused food prices to spike. Millions are now food insecure and the risk of widespread famine looms.
Over 14 million Yemenis lack clean drinking water, which has led to massive cholera outbreaks. But as nearly 2,000 health facilities have been damaged from airstrikes and ground fighting, healthcare options are severely limited. Sana’a’s international airport has been closed since March 2015, which has left Yemenis stranded, unable to leave the country for medical help abroad.
People we helped in Yemen in 2017:
In Yemen we seek to buy and employ locally, recognising the skills and systems that exist within the communities we support.
Damaged infrastructure, a crumbling economy and constant bureaucratic constraints continue to intensify the crisis and make it challenging for humanitarian organisations, including NRC, to reach out to displaced people with lifesaving aid.
Education is the most neglected sector in Yemen. Displacement, attacks and misuse of schools have left two million children without access to education. We:
- rehabilitate and construct classrooms
- train teachers and other education staff
- distribute school materials to children
- ·provide sanitary kits to girls to make it easier for them to go to school
- work with communities to keep schools safe
Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)
In Yemen, we work to make sure that displaced people know their rights. We:
- inform people of their legal rights
- help people to access their identity documents
- help people with their housing, land and property issues
- establish community protection networks
- advocate for policy changes that affect peoples' rights
Livelihoods and food security
The cost of food has increased dramatically since the beginning of Yemen's conflict and is now beyond the reach of many families. While distributing food to meet acute needs, we also work with communities to move back towards self-reliance. We:
- distribute food
- provide unconditional cash transfers to families, giving them the freedom to buy what they need the most
- provide start-up capital and training for youth and women entrepreneurs
- support training sessions on food security and agricultural production
- provide livelihood and rehabilitation support for people returning home
Shelter and settlements
We recognise that most displaced people in Yemen rely on support from extended family, friends and other community networks, and we seek to ensure people can live with privacy and dignity.
We invest in creating safe, appropriate living conditions by:
- supplying basic household items, including blankets, mattresses, jerry cans and cooking equipment
- constructing emergency temporary shelters
- upgrading and improving shelters for displaced people, creating a safe space for those living in public buildings
- providing rental subsidies to internally displaced people living in urban areas
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion
The conflict is placing immense pressure on water supplies and creating a breakdown in sanitation services across urban and rural areas. We are working with communities to ensure that water is stored and managed safely. Our WASH teams:
- rehabilitate water supply systems in both urban and rural settings
- develop water supply wells for water abstraction
- spread hygiene information
- improve sanitation facilities
- construct latrines
- provide water through water trucking in emergencies
- Norwegian National Telethon
More than money needed to stop humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen
As donors convene in Geneva tomorrow for a high-level pledging event on Yemen, aid workers in the country assert that it will take more than donations from the international community to keep millions of Yemeni people alive.
Time for UN Security Council to act on Yemen
The United Nations Security Council should break its eight-month silence on Yemen by demanding a complete lifting of the blockade and cessation of hostilities, the Norwegian Refugee Council said.