Read caption Saleh and his family in Abs camp, Yemen. Photo: Mohammed Awadh/NRC

Yemen: the world’s largest humanitarian crisis

Five years of devastating war, economic deterioration, and the collapse of public services has left 24 million Yemenis dependent on protection and humanitarian aid for survival.

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Saleh and his wife Saida tucked their children into bed, a nightly ritual every parent performs with hopes that their children sleep soundly, and most importantly, safely. Not long afterwards bombs crashing to earth interrupted their sleep, shattering nearby windows, doors, and walls. The kisses delivered to their children’s foreheads that evening would be the last given in their home.

Fleeing the danger, Saleh and his family trudged over Yemen’s mountainous landscape, the dark of night illuminated only by the flame of their torch. After days of hiking, barely surviving on a small, shared supply of biscuits, they arrived safely at Abs camp supported by NRC for people forcibly displaced by Yemen’s unceasing war.

The collapse of public services has left 24 million Yemenis like Saleh and Saida dependent on protection and humanitarian aid for survival. That is roughly 82% of the entire population of Yemen. 10 million people are only a step away from famine. 4.1 million children are living without access to education, and around 12.9 million people require shelter and protection from the risk of death, abuse, and exploitation.

In 2019, we helped provide:

  • 104,850 people with education
  • 737,916 people with food security
  • 112,062 people with shelter
  • 270,324 people with legal assistance
  • 638,298 people with clean water

It is thanks to your support that NRC can be there, helping people when they need it most. And it is thanks to your support that children and families sleep safely.

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