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About Yemen

Since early 2015, Yemen has been faced with a civil war and the devastating consequences of the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. Prior to the conflict, Yemen was already the poorest country in the Middle East and North Africa region. With an economy traditionally reliant on oil and gas for revenue, lack of diversification of economic sources and stalled economic reforms have resulted in the nation’s Central Bank not being able to support imports of critical goods along with rising inflation and businesses laying people off their jobs.

The Facts

  • More than 21.5 million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian aid or protection
  • 17 million are food insecure, 3.2 million of which have acute food insecurity
  • 4.5 million people in Yemen, 14% of the population, have been forced to flee their homes, most of which have been displaced multiple times over a number of years
  • An estimated 80% of all displaced people in Yemen are women and children, and over a quarter of displaced households are headed by a female
  • More than 80% of the population live below the poverty line

Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war since early 2015 with consequences so devastating it is considered one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

Even before the war began, Yemen was already the poorest country in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Since then, Yemen has seen its economy shrink by half.

Public institutions that provide healthcare, water, sanitation and education have collapsed, worsening the situation in the country.

Now, only half of health facilities and 65% of schools are functioning, resulting in more than 2 million children out of school.

Worsening the living conditions, the World Health Organization’s funding to Yemen has declined by 45% in the last five years.

How We Are Helping

Since 2018, we have been working with people on the ground in Yemen to offer humanitarian assistance. By purchasing supplies inside of Yemen, we are supporting the local economy and helping individuals to access sustainable food.

We now have eight Mercy Bakeries and six Mercy Kitchens across Yemen, providing much needed fresh and nutritious food. Since 2018, Mercy Bakery has given over 25 million loaves of bread in Yemen.

Innocent children are often those most impacted by war. At HRD, we believe that every child deserves a chance to make a successful life for themselves and a place to feel safe.

That’s why we support multiple orphanages in Yemen, providing a safe haven and potentially preventing children from becoming child soldiers.

We have also installed water tanks to a rural village, saving people from a grueling journey every day to be able to drink water.

In addition, we have paid the rent for a health facility and paid for life changing operations and procedures.

Everybody should have a home of their own, without fear of having to leave for a safer place. That’s why, with the United Humanitarian Foundation, we have been building Mercy Village, which will offer 100 homes to the displaced in Hodeida, alongside a Mercy Bakery and Kitchen, masjid, school and medical center.

The road to recovery will be long, but we are committed to doing a part in helping to rebuild Yemen.

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