Yemen crisis

Deadly clashes and air strikes in Yemen have seen more than two million people forced to leave their homes and 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. That's now over 21 million.

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Ms Fatima next to an Oxfam water tank in Al Zuhra Camp, Hodeidah. Oxfam is supplying the camp with clean drinking water on a daily basis

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. Over 20 million people are in need of water and sanitation assistance, 15 million lack access to basic health care (up 40 per cent since March) and 12.5 million are struggling to find food.

  • In response to the current conflict, Oxfam has supported over 700,000 people. Help has included cash payments to allow families displaced by the conflict to buy basic commodities like food.
  • Bringing clean water to those in dire need remains a priority. Oxfam has provided clean water by truck to over  380,000 people.
  • Oxfam has also indirectly reached more than 1 million people in Aden through agreements with local water authorities.

Grace Ommer, Country Director for Yemen Oxfam, said: "Yemen needs an urgent ceasefire, and the opening of trade routes so vital supplies can enter the country to allow for the rebuilding and revamping of the water infrastructure. Anything short of this will usher a health disaster to add to the pile of miseries that Yemenis are facing."

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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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