The war in Yemen has become the worst humanitarian crisis in the world - possibly in our time. Millions of children and families have been affected. According to the UN, an estimated 22.2 million people require humanitarian assistance in order to meet their basic needs, including 17.8 million people who require emergency food assistance.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reports that large populations across Yemen face Crisis (IPC 3 - "crisis") or Emergency (IPC 4 - "emergency) levels of food insecurity. The poorest and most vulnerable families could experience Catastrophe (IPC 5 - "famine") levels of acute food insecurity as they exhaust their coping capacities, such as selling assets or incurring debt to buy food. International action urgently needed to prevent catastrophic deterioration in food security in Yemen. Please consider donations to UNICEF in order to help provide relief.
Almost 80 per cent of the population of Yemen (22.2 million people) is in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Conflict has led to the internal displacement of 2 million people, left over 1 million public sector workers without pay for two years, and undermined access to ports and airports, obstructing essential humanitarian and commercial deliveries. Growing food insecurity, poor water and sanitation, and the spread of preventable diseases threaten millions more.
Children are the primary victims: more than 6,000 have been verified as killed or maimed since the conflict began. Almost 394,000 children under 5 currently suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and require treatment. The damage and closure of schools and health facilities threaten children's access to education and health services, which renders children vulnerable to various protection concerns including early marriage, forced recruitment and psychosocial distress. Your donations will go toward the UNICEF Emergency Fund for Yemen
OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE
“Millions of desperate children and families across Yemen could soon be without food, clean water or sanitation services because of the deepening economic crisis and unrelenting violence in the port city of Hudaydah. The confluence of these two factors is likely to make the horrific reality facing children and families even worse as more and more war-weary people face the very real prospect of death and disease. “The cost of food, fuel and water supplies has skyrocketed as the value of the national currency has plummeted.
“Water and sewage treatment services are at risk of collapse because of soaring fuel prices – meaning many of these same children and families may also be without access to safe water and sanitation. This in turn could lead to disease outbreaks and increased malnutrition – both of which, in combination with food insecurity, raise the risk of famine. An estimated 1.2 million more people will soon be in acute need of basic water and sanitation assistance, and the number is expected to climb in the coming days. "Families who can no longer afford basic food items could soon join the 18.5 million people who are already food insecure – a number projected to rise by 3.5 million, including nearly 1.8 million children.
“These conditions, devastating in their own right, are compounded by the situation in Hudaydah where violence threatens to kill children and choke off an essential supply chain of fuel and humanitarian aid that sustains 28 million Yemenis. “If the port is attacked, damaged or blocked, an estimated 4 million more children will become food insecure throughout the country.
“The only way out of Yemen’s nightmare is to establish peace through a comprehensive political resolution. Until then, UNICEF continues its call on parties to the conflict and those who have influence over them to abide by their legal obligations to stop attacks against civilian infrastructure – including the port of Hudaydah – and guarantee safe, unconditional and sustained access to all children in need in Yemen.”
UNICEF Fact Sheet: https://www.unicef.org/appeals/yemen.html
As Famine Looms in Yemen, Saudi-Led Coalition Redoubles Attack: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/06/world/middleeast/famine-yemen-saudi-arabia-hudaydah.html
Famine Early Warning Systems Network: http://fews.net/east-africa/yemen
Yemen's Children Dream of Peace: https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/yemens-children-dream-peace/35148