Yemen is in the grips of one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in the world – two million have been forced to flee their homes because of increased violence in the country – more than 18 million innocent Yemenis are in immediate need of humanitarian assistance, many risk starvation.
Despite the backdrop of violence, conditions in the region at large are so poor that nearly 300,000 have sought refuge in Yemen – overwhelmingly, those seeking refuge have fled violence and persecution in Somalia.
The situation facing many displaced Yemenis is a struggle for survival – food, water, medical care and shelter are priority needs. More than half the population is without adequate food and health care and conditions are expected to worsen. Many are enduring miserable and inadequate living conditions in overcrowded or makeshift shelters. Deteriorating conditions have also increased the spread of preventable diseases, such as cholera.
278,000 refugees, mainly from the Horn of Africa, remain in Yemen despite the conflict and are particularly at risk.
“The world cannot afford to let Yemen slip into the abyss.”
Ayman Gharaibeh, UNHCR Representative to Yemen
Your help is needed…
Thanks to supporters, UNHCR is still on the ground coordinating a massive response throughout the region and leading efforts to protect and provide shelter for those displaced inside Yemen.
UNHCR is facing a severe shortage in the funds needed to keep millions of refugees and displaced people fleeing violence warm and safe this winter. Your gift will help close the gap, and give vulnerable children, women and men hope for a safe future. Not just for winter, but every day of the year, around the world. Please be generous.