Yemen crisis

Deadly clashes and air strikes in Yemen have seen more than 1400 people killed. Thousands more have been forced to leave their homes and are struggling to find food and water.

Over 60 percent of the population - 16 million people - were already in need of some form of aid before the air strikes started.

Conflict in Yemen is making a dire situation worse, push for a permanent and immediate ceasefire. 

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Oxfam's warehouse in Saada, in the Northern Governorate in Yemen, after a coalition airstrike hit on Saturday 18 April 2015. The warehouse contained humanitarian supplies used in Oxfam's water and sanitation projects.

The situation

The situation is deteriorating with the country coming to a standstill with a lack of fuel leading to a severe lack of basic services and commodities.

Regular imports of food and fuel have not reached Yemen since the escalation in violence began, due to the closure of land, sea and air routes into the country. Yemen relies on imports to meet more than 80 per cent of national food consumption, with 90 per cent of staple food items, such as wheat, and all rice imported.

Before this latest escalation in the conflict, more than 10 million Yemenis - almost half the population - were already going hungry every day. The absence of imports is now pushing food and fuel prices out of reach of even more people.

  • In response to the current conflict, Oxfam has delivered vital aid to 82,000 people in the past month and a half. Help has included cash payments to allow families displaced by the conflict to buy basic commodities like food.
  • Oxfam has also delivered water containers and filters to the Hodeidah area and is planning on delivering blankets and tents in the coming weeks.
  • Bringing clean water to those in dire need remains a priority. Oxfam has provided clean water to nearly 20,000 people in vulnerable districts in the North West.
  • Oxfam has also indirectly reached more than 1 million people in Aden through agreements with local water authorities.
  • Oxfam continues to deliver livestock to Yemen's poor benefiting more than 10,000 people in the past few weeks and building their resilience.


Latest about the Yemen crisis

Five-day pause won't address humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen

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Oxfam response to Yemen five-day humanitarian ceasefire due to start later today

With a proposed five-day humanitarian pause in air strikes in Yemen due to start later today, Grace Ommer, Oxfam's Yemen Country Director said:

Yemen conflict: Bassim's story

Living and working through this awful period in Yemen's history, it is impossible not to worry about my country and the human suffering that this war has caused. That's why I want to share my story. Latest figures tell us that over... Read more

Oxfam in Yemen

Oxfam has been working in Yemen for 30 years.

  • Since 2011, Oxfam has provided assistance to nearly 600,000 people affected by the humanitarian crisis.
  • 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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