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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.  

A staggering 18.8 million people are in desperate need of help. Children are starving, fragile and underweight from a lack of food. 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:

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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 - almost half the population - were already going hungry every day. Yemen was the poorest country in the Middle East and poverty and inequality was increasing when fighting escalated in March 2015.

Now half of the population - 14.4 million people - require help with food.

In response to the Yemen crisis, Oxfam has supported more than 913,000 people and aims to reach 1.2 million. Help has included:

  • Cash payments to 106,000 people to help families displaced by the conflict to buy food.
  • Clean water and sanitation services for 435,500 people, including in hard-to-reach areas of the country, by trucking drinking water and repairing water systems and latrines. Oxfam is also providing equipment to enable urban water authorities to pump water to an additional 820,000 people in Aden and Al Hawtah.
  • Supporting more than 11,000 families with livestock treatment and supporting more than 14,000 people with cash for work.

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."

Latest about the Yemen crisis

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UN Human Rights Council yet again fails Yemeni civilians

In reaction to today's UN Human Rights Council decision not to set up an independent inquiry to investigate human rights violations by all sides to the conflict in Yemen, Sajjad Mohammed Sajid, Oxfam Country Director in Yemen, said:

Yemen: Government exposed as wilfully ignoring law over Saudi arms sales - Oxfam

Reacting to the use of UK-manufactured arms in Yemen, the joint report by the Business, Innovation and Skills and International Development Committees, and the Foreign Affairs Select Committee report with the same title, Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB... Read more

Oxfam in Yemen

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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