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 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
"Famine is imminent. It could happen any time... People have [sold] all their belongings and they have nothing more to sell in order to get food. There are no job opportunities."
Ibrahim Alwazir, Oxfam Communications Coordinator in Yemen
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.