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December 11, 2018

Millions Forced to Flee in Yemen

At A Glance:

    • The world's worst humanitarian crisis
    • 22.2 million people in crisis
    • People are starving in parts of the country

An ongoing and brutal civil war in Yemen has forced three million people to flee their homes in the past four years. Of the people that remain in Yemen, 75 percent need assistance and protection.

The United Nations calls Yemen "the world's worst humanitarian crisis," as multiple factions in the country fight over political power and territory. Civilians bear the brunt of the violence: bombing, cross-fire, kidnapping, rape and indiscriminate attacks are a regular occurrence.

One of the poorest countries in the Middle East, Yemen is on the brink of widespread famine. An economic collapse and extreme conflict have left families unable to meet their basic needs, including food and shelter.

In addition to massive resource constraints, less than 50 percent of Yemen's health facilities are functioning. Deteriorating conditions increase the spread of preventable disease. The country's medical infrastructure was devastated in 2017 by the worst cholera outbreak in history. The UN remains concerned about cholera, as millions of Yemenis do not have access to clean drinking water.

Even in the midst of Yemen's chaos, the country has taken in nearly 300,000 refugees from other nations in the region, straining already scarce resources.

Your help is needed . . .

Funding shortages are impacting refugees and internally displaced people across Yemen, most of whom need food, shelter, medical attention and cash assistance for survival. Your gift will help families access the resources they need to survive this conflict. Please give generously.