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Yemen Crisis Appeal

Millions of men, women and children are one step away from famine. We urgently need your help to feed families and save lives.

6.8m people are in extreme hunger across the country and the wider humanitarian situation continues to worsen.

Oxfam is working in the worst affected areas in Yemen. We're helping so that families can feed themselves over the coming weeks. We're supplying clean, safe water for drinking and washing.

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Last updated: 01/08/18

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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. 

The situation

The battle for Hudaydah has begun. This will not only risk 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. We've already had reports that more than 5,000 people have been displaced. 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 flood 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 services for more than one million people, including in hard-to-reach areas of the country, through providing water, repairing water systems, delivering filters and jerry cans, as well as building latrines and organising cleaning campaigns.
  • Oxfam is managing to provide water to more than 126,000 people inside Taiz city, and supporting over 118,000 people in the governorate with water and sanitation services and cash.
  • Cash or cash for work assistance to over 50,000 people.
  • Supporting more than 11,000 families with livestock treatment and supporting more than 35,000 people with cash for work.
  • 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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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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