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Yemen: Two years of conflict

A country pushed towards a man-made famine

Since March 2015, Yemen has been wracked by a complex and bloody war. Today, two years on, airstrikes and fighting have led to more than 7400 deaths, an average of 65 casualties per day, and seven million others just a step away from starvation. The world now faces the largest humanitarian crisis on the globe, and must act now to avoid famine in Yemen.

Before the conflict, Yemen was marked as the poorest country in the region, but the conflict has fuelled its state of crisis. Ports infrastructures, roads and bridges for supply routes, along with warehouses, farms and markets have been regularly destroyed by all sides, draining the country's food stocks. This, coupled with a flattened economy, has created an abyss of hunger and a serious threat of famine.

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.

A population at breaking point

  • The war has now forced over three million women, men and children out of their homes
  • Seven  million are on the brink of famine, while 17 million are food insecure. For the latter, this means that bread and tea may be the only diet available.
  • 14.8 million people lack access to basic healthcare, while a lack of water and sanitation has caused an outbreak of cholera

The world cannot wait for a famine to be declared before it decides to act. Join us in calling for an end to this fast growing crisis.

Two years too long: Messages from Yemen

Why I'm drawing a #RedLineForYemen and writing to my MP

By Lottie Massey, Oxfam Constituency Campaigner in York As a student in the UK, I enjoy freedoms and rights that most Yemenis can only dream of and this injustice is unbearable to me. According to the WHO, over 46,000 people have been killed... Read more

"I’m a donkey with a smile": The story of an aid worker in Yemen

Humanitarian worker Duoi Ampilan explains why, despite the dangers and the distress, he still loves his job - and does all he can to make sure your support reaches as many people as possible.

A letter from Yemen

ON THE GROUND REFLECTION: Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB's Chief Executive, recently visited Yemen where chronic poverty is being aggravated by war. Ten million people have insufficient food and two million have been forced to flee their homes. In... Read more

Yemen: all we can do is help people survive

ON THE GROUND REFLECTION: The conflict which escalated one year ago in Yemen has created one of the world's biggest humanitarian emergencies and risks pushing millions into famine. Simone Carter, Oxfam emergency responder in Yemen, describes... Read more

Oxfam in Yemen

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 

Oxfam has been working in Yemen for 30 years.

  • In Al Hodeidah and Hajjah in Western Yemen, Oxfam has given cash to 400,000 people since 2011 to help them buy food and support their basic needs. Oxfam has been is working with 32 communities to help rebuild their livelihoods through cash for work schemes and scaling up social protection programmes.
  • 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 working on repairing and installing water sources, and has reached 58,000 people. We have also delivered vital water and sanitation services to communities in Aden and Abyan in the south.
  • 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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