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Yemen Crisis Appeal

Millions of men, women and children are one step away from famine. We urgently need your help to feed families and save lives.

Over seven million people are severely hungry and don't know where their next meal is coming from. Children are starving, fragile and underweight. Months of devastating airstrikes, shelling and fighting on the ground have left families struggling to survive.

Oxfam is working in the worst affected areas in Yemen. We're helping so that families can feed themselves over the coming weeks. We're supplying clean, safe water for drinking and washing.

Give now and get food and water to families in crisis:

Donate to Oxfam's Yemen response 



Mohammed Al-Mekhlafi

Every report from our own staff and news teams on the ground brings harrowing accounts of families facing agonising hunger and suffering. Now, Yemen is just a step away from famine.

The situation

The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate with fuel shortages, rising food prices and a severe lack of basic services making daily survival a painful struggle for millions.

Before this latest escalation in the conflict, more than 10 million Yemenis were already going hungry every day. Yemen was the poorest country in the Middle East and poverty and inequality was increasing.

  • Over 3.3 million people are malnourished, including nearly half a million children who are in a life-threatening condition.
  • Nearly 19 million people - 70 per cent of the population - need some sort of humanitarian aid. 
  • Over 14 million people are lacking adequate water and sanitation facilities.
  • Staggeringly, over 17 million people in Yemen cannot be sure of having enough to eat each day.
  • More than 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to the bombing and fighting.
  • Over 46,000 people have been killed or injured since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015.
  • A cholera outbreak has worsened significantly, with 2,000 suspected cases arising each day. Since late April 2017, there have been 130,000 confirmed cases and over 1000 deaths. There are currently over 7 million people at risk of contracting the disease. 
  • In Yemen, cholera threatens the lives of over a million malnourished pregnant women.

In response to the Yemen crisis, Oxfam has reached more than one million people with water and sanitation services, cash assistance and food vouchers. Help has included:

  • In response to the cholera outbreak, Oxfam has helped 100,000 people. This includes safe water, treatment and disinfection of water wells, hygiene kits and public health promotion. In Abbs district, we are providing a Cholera Treatment Unit with 8,000 litres of water each day.
  • Cash or cash for work assistance to over 50,000 people.
  • Clean water and sanitation services to more than 500,000 people, including in hard-to-reach areas of the country, through providing water by truck, repairing water systems, delivering filters and jerry cans, as well as building latrines and organising cleaning campaigns.
  • Supporting more than 11,000 families with livestock treatment and supporting more than 35,000 people with cash for work.
  • Oxfam and 21 other NGOs have signed an open latter to the United Nations Security Council calling on its members to take action to bring about an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, end the humanitarian crisis and support the UN Special Envoy's efforts towards an inclusive political solution to the conflict.

Sajjad Mohammad Sajid, Oxfam Country Director in Yemen, said: "Ground fighting, shelling and airstrikes by all warring parties have compounded an already severe food crisis and could push Yemen to the edge, with 7.6 million people already severely food insecure.

"People desperately need food and water, medicine and health services, they need aid that can reach them - ultimately they need the conflict to end so they can rebuild their lives. All those fuelling Yemen's tragedy need to stop being arms brokers and start becoming peace brokers. The international community must redouble its efforts to help bring this crisis to a peaceful resolution."

Oxfam and the Disasters Emergency Committee

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Oxfam in Yemen

Oxfam has been working in Yemen for 30 years.

  • Since July 2015, Oxfam has reached more than one million people in eight governorates of Yemen with water and sanitation services, cash assistance and food vouchers.
  • We have provided clean water and sanitation services for more than 900,000 people, including in hard-to-reach areas of the country, by delivering water using trucks, repairing water systems, delivering filters and jerry cans, as well as building latrines and organizing cleaning campaigns.
  • Oxfam is managing to provide water to more than 55,000 people inside Taiz city by working with a local organisation and a private water trucking company, and supporting over 129,000 people in the governorate with water and sanitation services and cash assistance.
  • Oxfam is also supporting over 166,000 people in the southern governorates of Abyan, Aden, Lahj and Al-Dhale with water, hygiene and sanitation services. 
  • Oxfam is providing over 205,000 people in Al-Hudaydah, Amran, Hajjah and Taiz governorates with cash to enable families to buy food in the local market or livestock so they get a possible source of income, including 35,000 individuals who took part in our cash for work programs. We are also scaling up social protection programmes.
  • In response to the Cholera outbreak, Oxfam has been coordinating with other international agencies, and has already directly supported over 472,000 people, which also indirectly benefitted over 450,000 people in four governorates by delivering clean water to affected communities, delivering filters, jerry cans and building latrines and providing hygiene awareness sessions.
  • Oxfam responded to the 2014 fuel crisis with the distribution of water filters to 3,300 vulnerable households and a cash transfer to an additional 1,000 households in western Yemen.
  • Since 2012 Oxfam has rehabilitated water systems in 41 rural communities in western Yemen, providing more than 125,000 vulnerable people with safe drinking water.
  • In the north in Sa'ada governorate, where years of conflict have destroyed infrastructure and created significant access constraints, Oxfam is working on repairing and installing water sources, and has reached 58,000 people.
  • Together with partners, Oxfam is working to empower women economically, socially, and politically to have a say in decision making at all levels.
  • Planning for the longer term, Oxfam is piloting three solar pump drinking water systems, reaching more than 20,000 people in three communities.

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