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Yemen crisis

Deadly clashes and air strikes in Yemen have forced over 3.1 million people to flee their homes, killed over 6700 people and injured over 33,000 since March 2015.

21.1 million people are in need of life-saving aid, over 80% of the population. Now the country stands on the brink of famine.

We are delivering clean water to people in the north and south of the country and have reached more than 913,000 people with water, food vouchers, hygiene kits and other essential aid.

Please help Yemen - give what you can and get clean drinking water to people who urgently need it.

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The UK is fuelling the Yemen crisis by selling arms to Saudi Arabia.

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Millions of Yemenis are suffering from the water crisis. Since the beginning of the current conflict the women and children have to walk long distances to collect a few liters of water for their families.

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

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

Reaction: UK should halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia after leaked report

In reaction to the Parliamentary Committees on Arms Export Controls leaked report on UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia Mark Goldring, Chief Executive of Oxfam GB said:

UK arms to Saudi Arabia: Yemen has become a free-fire zone

In reaction to today's debate in Parliament on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and its military action in Yemen Josephine Hutton, Oxfam's Middle East Programme Manager said: "There is ample evidence that the rules of war are... 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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