Human Catastrophe in Yemen
$20 For Fleece Blankets For Two Families
Fighting in Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, has severely compounded needs arising from long years of poverty and insecurity. The worsening violence has disrupted millions of lives, resulting in widespread casualties and massive displacement, and the situation is rapidly deteriorating.
Civilians bear the brunt of the crisis, with 22.2 million Yemenis now in need of humanitarian assistance. Those forced to flee their homes are especially at risk. 2 million people now languish in desperate conditions, away from home and deprived of basic needs. The situation is so dire that almost 1 million displaced Yemenis have lost hope and tried to return home, even though it is not yet safe.
Yemen is facing a humanitarian catastrophe. Without help, many more lives will be lost to violence, treatable illnesses or lack of food, water and shelter.
Under the humanitarian coordination system in Yemen, the UNHCR leads in the provision of protection, shelter and non-food items. They provide emergency shelter, mattresses, blankets, sleeping mats, kitchen sets, buckets and more to help those displaced and most vulnerable. Their assistance has reached people in need in all 20 governorates affected by the conflict.
Their shelter kits help families repair homes damaged in the conflict, and we refurbish public buildings and settlements that now host displaced families. The UNHCR supports health facilities that serve refugees, asylum-seekers and Yemenis affected by violence, and they work to prevent and control the spread of cholera, which has arisen as a result of the conflict.
The UNHCR provides legal and financial assistance as well as psycho-social support services to help those affected by the war.
They also continue to protect and support more than 280,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, mainly from the Horn of Africa, who remain in Yemen despite the conflict and are particularly at risk.
However, limited funding for the work in Yemen – currently only 3 per cent – means they are not able to fully address these massive needs, limiting our capacity to provide life-saving relief.
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