An already devastating humanitarian situation has been severely worsened by increased fighting. At least 600 people have been reported dead, 2,000 injured and more than 100,000 have been displaced from their homes.
An estimated 15.9 million people – or 61 per cent of the population – need humanitarian assistance in Yemen, an increase of 8 per cent since last year. The rise is primarily due to expanding conflict, growing arrivals of migrants and refugees, and population growth in areas with poor access to even the most basic services.
Food insecurity and malnutrition
Despite narrow improvements, far too many Yemenis still struggle with food insecurity and malnutrition. 10.6 million Yemenis have trouble meeting their food needs, including 5 million who are severely food insecure. In addition, 1.6 million people require nutrition services – including 850,000 acutely malnourished children, of whom 160,000 are severely affected.
Lack of water, sanitation health and other basic services
An estimated 13.4 million people lack access to safe drinking water, and 12 million have no proper sanitation facilities. At the same time, 8.4 million people lack access to basic health care.
Conflict, insecurity and displacement
According to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), 643 people have been killed and 2,226 injured by violence. This includes at least 210 civilian deaths and 500 civilian injuries, many of which occurred in bombings against two mosques in Sana’a on 20 March. The casualties include at least 74 children killed and 44 injured between 26 March and 6 April. Displacement continues to be reported, but no verified overall estimates are available. Displacement in and around 12 governorates are likely to increase in the coming days as clashes continue to take place. Displacement estimates are extremely fluid. Most IDPs are reportedly staying with relatives near their area of origin. The current overall estimate – about 100,000 – is based only on unconfirmed reports.
Islamic Relief has launched an emergency appeal aiming to reach 700,000 people in the worst affected areas with food, water and sanitation, trauma and first aid kits.
“In the next couple of days fuel is set to run out, which will mean that people won’t be able to access food and water in the worst-affected areas and thousands of injured people are in dire need of medical equipment and treatment,” says Mohamed Salah Eldin, Country Director for Islamic Relief in Yemen. “We urgently need to act before we have an acute humanitarian disaster on our hands.”
He added: “There is a massive need for medical supplies and clean water in Aden and our contacts on the ground are telling us there are huge queues of people everywhere desperate for water.”
Food distributions began on April 9 in Sana’a and will continue into six other governorates. Every day, 200 families will receive flour, rice, sugar, beans, noodles, peas and cooking oil which normally last between two weeks and a month.
Islamic Relief has been working in Yemen since 2004 and are working through offices run by local staff in Sa’dah, Hajja, Amran, Sana’a, Ma’rib and Dhamar.
Our Officer in Charge for Islamic Relief based in Sana’a explains: “In the first phase of the programme, we will provide emergency aid with medical supplies, food and water and then we’ll move into a more long-term recovery response. The huge numbers of displaced people means that this crisis will only get worse. And we have to be in it for the long haul.”
To support our efforts in Yemen, donate to the Yemen Emergency Appeal today. This fund allows us to respond quickly and effectively to those affected by the conflict.