Yemen crisis

Sharp rises in food and fuel prices are deepening the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with millions going hungry and unable to access water, and basic services.

Oxfam is providing emergency water and sanitation, and cash grants to some of the worst affected, and helping people to rebuild their livelihoods.

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Yemen is a forgotten crisis. More than half the population - 14.7 million - are dependent on humanitarian aid. 13 million people - do not have access to clean water, and 10 million Yemenis are struggling to put enough food on the table. One in three Yemenis does not have access to health care services.

People have exhausted their ways of coping, and millions of Yemenis are falling in between the cracks of an inadequate social welfare system. The recent fuel crisis has sent prices soaring with farmers unable to fuel their generators to pump water to their fields and villages struggling to purchase enough diesel to keep the water flowing. Many poor Yemenis do not have adequate access to essential services to protect them, or a social safety net to catch them when disaster strikes. Widespread humanitarian needs due to conflict in the north and south of the country is further exasperating the situation.

With the drafting of the new constitution, the Yemeni government must address the root causes of the humanitarian crisis and help put the country back on track to a better future.

Yemen in Crisis: How Yemen can survive the fuel crisis and secure its future. Oxfam briefing note. Published 24 June 2014.

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What Oxfam is doing to help

Oxfam has reached 600, 000 people so far, across several regions of the country, through providing essential water and sanitation services and cash handouts- both vital for sustaining health and livelihoods during this difficult time.

In Al Hodeidah and Hajjah, we have given cash grants to more than 400, 000 people to enable them to buy food and water to feed their families. We have also provided training on safe hygiene practice to more than 160, 000 people. In the same area, we are working with 32 communities to help rebuild their livelihoods through cash for work schemes and scaling up social protection programmes.

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.

We are also delivering vital water and sanitation services to communities in Aden and Abyan in the south.


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