Three years ago, Sultan Ahmed started to hear the sounds of battles near his village. Some neighbors fled their homes to safer areas, but he insisted on staying in his home.

“It was difficult to leave my home, so I didn’t flee even if we heard the sounds of battles,” says the father of five children, who is now in his 50s.

Sultan used to be a daily worker on farms and building homes in his village. But when the battles reached his town last week, he decided to flee.

“Five days ago, the conflict reached our village and started to attack our homes, so I took my family and fled this camp, where there are some people I know.”

Sultan arrived at Al-Hadad camp in Marib, where around 340 families live in a makeshift camp. His family slept outdoors for the first two days, until other displaced families helped him set up a tent from those poles.

The Norwegian Refugee Council is on the ground in Marib. NRC distributed essential items like mattresses and blankets to over 1300 families, and Sultan was one of them.

Text: Nasser Abdulkareem/NRC
Photo: Muath Kadam/NRC
Read caption Sultan Ahmed are among the many civilians displaced by the war in Yemen. The current truce offers hope for real peace nationwide. Photo: Muath Kadam/NRC

Yemen: Civilian casualties halved since the start of the truce

Published 11. May 2022|Edited 10. May 2022
The number of civilians killed and injured in Yemen has dropped by more than 50 per cent since the start of the truce agreement 2 April.

In the month before the announcement of the truce, 213 civilians were injured or killed in the war in Yemen. In the month that followed, this was reduced to 95, according to data from the Civilian Impact Monitoring Project.

“The figures provide clear proof of the benefits from the truce. During the last month, many families were spared from having their lives shattered by the loss of family members to a meaningless war. For the sake of the Yemeni people and their future, we hope the parties to the conflict will extend the truce,” said Erin Hutchinson, Yemen Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council.

A nationwide two-month truce started 2 April after agreement between the parties to the conflict, which has lasted for more than seven years. The data shows a significant reduction in the number of casualties from airstrikes, shellfire, and shooting since the start of the truce.

“For years, the lives of people in Yemen have been devastated by this war. This truce offers hope for real peace nationwide. We urge the warring parties to adhere to their commitments and work to find a peaceful resolution to this conflict, which has already killed and maimed thousands, and deprived millions of their livelihoods,” Hutchinson said.

While there has been sharp reduction in violence since the truce, the number of people injured or killed by landmines and unexploded ordnance remained the same or higher, highlighting the dangers of these remnants of war even in peace time. 

“That people are still being injured and killed by landmines and improvised explosive devices, shows the critical need for a long-lasting peace, so that that these remnants of war can be removed and more lives saved,” Hutchinson added.

 

Notes to editors:

  • The agreement is the first nationwide truce agreed since 2016 in Yemen
  • 23.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance across Yemen
  • The conflict in Yemen has taken the lives of over 13,635 civilians since 2018

Data: (Source: Civilian Impact Monitoring Project)

  • Total civilian casualties 3 March – 2 April: 213
  • Total civilian casualties 3 April – 2 may: 95
  • Civilian casualties caused by airstrike 3 March -2 April: 30
  • Civilian casualties caused by airstrike 3 April-2 May: 0
  • Civilian casualties caused by landmine 3 March-2 April: 26
  • Civilian casualties caused by landmine 3 April – 2 May: 24

For more information, please contact:

  • Jasmin Lavoie, Media Coordinator in Yemen: jasmin.lavoie@nrc.no, +967 73 600 3397 / Whatsapp: + 1514 632 2805
  • Norwegian Refugee Council's global media hotline: media@nrc.no, +47 905 623 29