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Conflict in Yemen

Yemen Crisis Appeal


The people of Yemen are not starving, they're being starved. Since March 2015 - war has put 24 million Yemeni women, men and children in need of humanitarian assistance. Food prices have rocketed, pushing huge numbers of people into poverty. Cholera is widespread and emergency levels of people need clean water, toilets and handwashing facilities.

5 years on, the people of Yemen remain in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

We are supporting people to

  • Suad pours water from a hose into a yellow water container

    Survive today: with safe, clean water cash and food

    We have provided over 3 million people with access to safe, clean water and are providing cash assistance and food vouchers to the most vulnerable.

  • A portrait of Tamim next to an metal cylindrical Oxfam water tank

    Prepare for tomorrow Getting water systems working again

    Oxfam has rehabilitated water systems in a number of rural communities in western Yemen, providing more than 125,000 vulnerable people with safe drinking water.

  • A woman's hand is on a weaving machine

    Adapt for the future Oxfam is working to empower women

    We are providing cash-for-work opportunities for women to help them get themselves a place at the table economically, socially, and politically.

Awssan Kamal

Today, I sit here and wonder – when will there be an end to the brutal war in my country? We need to focus on ensuring inclusive and lasting peace.”

Awssan, Oxfam GB Humanitarian Campaign Project Manager, in the UK

The situation

The people of Yemen face the triple threat of war, disease and hunger. Now coronavirus has started to spread. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine predicts that there may already have been over a million infections. The pandemic could further devastate Yemen's already fragile health system with only 50% of health care facilities in the country functioning.

Less than half of the population have access to basic handwashing facilities in their homes. People desperately need help to protect themselves.

Before the war, Yemen imported around 90 percent of its food and most of its fuel. Then sea, land and air restrictions stopped imports entering. Markets, farms and water sources were shelled or bombed. And food is now on average twice as expensive, which means the poorest people are suffering the most.

Oxfam is doing everything possible to help people get the food and clean water they need to survive. But that isn't enough-the Yemeni people are asking for peace - they must be able to rebuild their lives, and live without the fear and devastation caused by war.

I think many of us felt as we went into the 21st century that it was unthinkable that we could see a famine like we saw in Ethiopia… the reality is that in Yemen that is precisely what we are looking at.”

Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian co-ordinator for Yemen.