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Yemen Crisis Appeal

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

Since March 2015 - war has put 24 million Yemeni women, men and children in need of humanitarian assistance. The local market prices for food have rocketed, pushing huge numbers of people into poverty.

There is widespread cholera and emergency levels of people requiring clean water and sanitation facilities.

Oxfam and local partners are on the ground now. 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.

You can help people protect themselves from coronavirus in Yemen and around the world.

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Last updated: 13/07/20

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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. 

The situation

"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

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.

Call for a ceasefire

The conflict in Yemen is partly fueled by UK made weapons. Please sign our petition to ask Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to call for a global ceasefire to save lives. Conflicts make it harder to respond to coronavirus and for people to get the essentials they desperately need to protect themselves.

Sign our petition 

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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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