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Yemenis Still Need Your Help As Conflict Enters 10th Year

Yemenis Still Need Your Help As Conflict Enters 10th Year  

It’s been nine years since the conflict in Yemen began, and the people of Yemen need our help as much now as they did when it began.

As of Monday, March 25, the conflict entered its tenth year, according to The World Health Organization (WHO).

The hostile environment that the people of Yemen have been living through has left an estimated 17.8 million people in need of health assistance, half of which are children.

Yemen at a Glance

  • Over 17 million people in Yemen are food insecure, including 3.2 million people with acute food insecurity
  • More than 4.5 million Yemenis (14% of the population), remain internally displaced, most of which have been displaced multiple times over a number of years
  • 21.6 million people in Yemen, or two thirds of the population, are in dire need of humanitarian assistance and protection

Life Below the Poverty Line

As a result of the humanitarian crisis, which has been named one of the worst in the world, the economy has shrunk by half and over 80% of the population are now living below the poverty line. 

The conflict, coupled with the economic collapse, have had significant impacts on the country, severely damaging already limited public services. Only half of health facilities and 65% of schools are currently functioning, leaving over 2 million children out of school.

Meanwhile, nearly 90% have no access to publicly supplied electricity and people have been living without a public salary for years.

Our CEO and Founder, Maeen Ali, who was born and raised in Yemen, said: “I couldn’t be more proud to be from a beautiful country such as Yemen. Not only is it rich with culture and breathtaking landscapes, but the people of Yemen are among the most giving and caring.

“That’s why it’s especially difficult to see my country going through so much heartbreak. Children are often the ones who bear the burden of war, and for thousands who have been born and raised in this crisis, hunger and poverty is all that they’ve ever known. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. We know it won’t be easy, but we’re committed to helping rebuild Yemen, and we call on the international community to play their part.”

Ahmed Al-Tashi is our Program Manager on the ground in Yemen. He’s based in the nation’s capital, Sana’a, and has firsthand experience watching the tragedy unfold.

“Nine years after the conflict began, we’ve never been more committed to helping the people of Yemen who are most in need,” he said.

“I’ve been able to see in person the positive impact that Mercy Bakery and Mercy Kitchen has had on families and communities. In these desperate times, knowing that they are able to receive free bread and nutritious meals on a daily basis lets the people of Yemen know that they are not alone. We won’t stop supporting those who need us most.”

Deprived of Basic Necessities

According to UNICEF, more than 2.7 million children in Yemen are acutely malnourished, with almost half (49%) of children younger than five suffering from stunting or chronic malnutrition, which hinders them from growing to their full potential. In addition, it can cause irreversible damage to long-term physical and cognitive development.

“The vicious combination of years of protracted conflict, a shattered economy, and a failed social support system have had a devastating impact on the lives of the most vulnerable children in Yemen,” said UNICEF Executive Director, Catherine Russell.

“Far too many children continue to be deprived of basic necessities, including proper nutrition, which could threaten generations to come unless urgent action is taken to provide children with the preventive measures and treatment they so desperately need.”

Decreased Funding 

To further exacerbate living conditions within the country, WHO’s funding has declined by 45% within the last five years. According to the organization, it needs US$77 million to provide essential health assistance.

Dr Artuto Pesigan, WHO Representative and Head of Mission in Yemen, said: “After nine years of conflict, deteriorating health outcomes and destroyed infrastructure, emergency health and humanitarian needs control the lives of millions of Yemenis and limit their ability to achieve inclusive sustainable development. This is compounded by a significant decline in international support, leaving communities vulnerable to worsening conditions. Every day under such conditions affects the future of millions for many years to come.”

HRD is committed to relieving the burden of conflict that the innocent people of Yemen are facing. To help us rebuild the country, donate today.

Sources

*All figures from UNHCR as of March 2024

Yemen conflict enters 10th year with over 17 million people in need of health aid

9 years into the conflict in Yemen, millions of children are malnourished and stunted

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