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Yemen Crisis Appeal

Yemen is on the brink of famine - ending the fighting in and around Hudaydah is vital to millions of people who are struggling to survive.   We urgently need your help to feed families and save lives.

Over eight million people are in extreme hunger across the country and the wider humanitarian situation continues to worsen.

Oxfam has reached more than three million people with lifesaving essentials, like clean water and cash to buy food - but the military onslaught around the port city of Hudaydah is putting yet more children, women and men at risk. Oxfam is working in the worst affected areas in Yemen across the country.

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Last updated: 12/11/18

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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. 

We're calling on the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to put Yemen at the top of his agenda by ensuring an immediate ceasefire, and suspending UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia - but we need your help to convince him to act.

Stop the suffering: Demand a ceasefire in Yemen

The situation

Yemenis face the triple threat of war, disease and hunger. The war in Yemen that began in 2015 has left over 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these people 17.6 million are in need of food and 2.9 million people are homeless. 

Between 1 August and 15 October, 575 civilians were killed in the fighting, including 136 children and 63 women. There have been more than 1.1 million cases of cholera in the last 18 months, with over 2,000 of those proving fatal. And there have been over 100 deaths from diphtheria over a similar period. The UN have warned that more than 14 million could die from starvation if the war continues.

The battle for Hudaydah is risking the lives of those caught up in conflict but more widely affect the ability to bring food into the northern parts of the country.

The water supply across Hudaydah city could be critically affected by the conflict, limiting people's access to clean water and increasing the risk of disease. Access to areas where there is fighting will be extremely difficult. Oxfam currently does not have access to Hudaydah city but is in the process of doing an assessment to start a response inside Hudaydah. For now Oxfam is providing people who have fled Hudaydah for Hajjah with hygiene and shelter kits, water and cash

  • 22.2 million people are in need and over 3 million people have been forced from their homes

Oxfam works in nine governorates, trucking water and providing cash for people to buy food. Oxfam has so far helped more than 3 million people in Yemen. 

  • We have provided clean water and sanitation to more than one million people, including in hard-to-reach areas of the country, through providing water by truck, repairing water systems, delivering filters and jerry cans, as well as building latrines and organizing cleaning campaigns. For example, Oxfam is providing water to more than 126,000 people inside Taiz city by working with a local organisation and a private water trucking company, and supporting over 420,000 people in the governorate with water and sanitation services and cash assistance.
  • Cash or cash for work assistance to over 80,000 people.
  • Oxfam and 21 other NGOs have signed an open latter to the United Nations Security Council calling on its members to take action to bring about an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, end the humanitarian crisis and support the UN Special Envoy's efforts towards an inclusive political solution to the conflict.

Sajjad Mohammad Sajid, Oxfam Country Director in Yemen, said: "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."

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Reacting to the announcement of a halt in fighting in the port city of Hudaydah, Oxfam's Yemen Country Director, Muhsin Siddiquey said:

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Oxfam is warning of catastrophic repercussions for people in Yemen if the Saudi and Emirati led coalition, and aligned forces, continue to push for control of the main route linking the port city of Hudaydah to Sana'a.

Oxfam in Yemen

Oxfam has been working in Yemen for 30 years.

  • Since July 2015, Oxfam has reached over three million people in nine governorates of Yemen with water and sanitation services, cash assistance and food vouchers.
  • We have provided clean water and sanitation services for more than 1,000,000 people, including in hard-to-reach areas of the country, by delivering water using trucks, repairing water systems, delivering filters and jerry cans, as well as building latrines and organizing cleaning campaigns.
  • Oxfam is managing to provide water to more than 126,000 people inside Taiz city by working with a local organisation and a private water trucking company, and supporting over 420,000 people in the governorate with water and sanitation services and cash assistance.
  • Oxfam is also supporting over 166,000 people in the southern governorates of Abyan, Aden, Lahj and Al-Dhale with water, hygiene and sanitation services. 
  • Oxfam is providing over 205,000 people in Al-Hudaydah, Amran, Hajjah and Taiz governorates with cash to enable families to buy food in the local market or livestock so they get a possible source of income, including 35,000 individuals who took part in our cash for work programs. We are also scaling up social protection programmes.
  • In response to the Cholera outbreak, Oxfam has been coordinating with other international agencies, and has already directly supported over 472,000 people, which also indirectly benefited over 450,000 people in four governorates by delivering clean water to affected communities, delivering filters, jerry cans and building latrines and providing hygiene awareness sessions.
  • 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 is working on repairing and installing water sources, and has reached 58,000 people.
  • 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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