Yemen Humanitarian Crisis

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3 million forced to flee

The conflict has threatened millions of lives. 75 percent of the population requires some form of humanitarian assistance.

15+ million people

More than 15 million people, or 53 percent of Yemen's population, are on the brink of starvation as access to food diminishes every day across the country.

1.1 million with cholera

In 2017, Yemen experienced the largest cholera epidemic in the world. Deteriorating conditions increase the spread of preventable disease.


Yemen is in the grip of one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in the world — 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of increased violence in the country – and more than 22 million vulnerable Yemenis are in immediate need of humanitarian assistance.

If the war continues, famine could engulf the country, with 15 million people on the brink of starvation. Nearly 400,000 children suffer from severe malnutrition.

Despite the backdrop of violence, conditions in the surrounding region are so poor that more than 280,000 have sought refuge in Yemen – fleeing violence and persecution in Somalia. 

Voices of the Crisis


A humanitarian catastrophe unfolds in Yemen (:31)

Stories from the Yemen crisis

Yemen on the Brink of Famine

Yemen Camps and Settlements

Juma Mohammed Omar stands at the entrance to her shelter in Aden, a town on the soutwestern coast of Yemen.

  • Millions of internally displaced Yemenis live in makeshift shelters in urban and rural areas.
  • Hundreds of thousands of displaced are living in Hajjah, a district northwest of the capital Sana'a.  
  • Of the refugees that have left Yemen, many flee to Oman, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.
  • Oman has witnessed the largest influx of Yemen's refugees, hosting more than 50,000 refugees in 2017 alone.
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