Recent conflict and bombardment in Yemen is worsening an already devastating humanitarian situation. Hundreds of civilians have so far been reported dead, while there is no clear sign of when the conflict will come to an end.
In Yemen, an estimated 15.9 million people – or 61% of the population – require humanitarian assistance. This is an increase of 8% since last year. The rise is primarily due to increasing conflict, a growth in arrivals of migrants and refugees, and population growth in areas with poor access to even the most basic services.
A lack of access to food affects over 10 million people in Yemen. Despite narrow improvements, far too many Yemenis still struggle with food insecurity and malnutrition. 10.6 million Yemenis have trouble meeting their daily food needs. In addition, 1.6 million people require nutrition services – including 850,000 acutely malnourished children, of whom 160,000 are severely affected.
An estimated 13.4 million people lack access to safe drinking water, and 12 million have no proper sanitation facilities. At the same time, 8.4 million people lack access to basic health care.
Tackling Health & Nutrition issues in Yemen
In a country where almost half the population are food insecure, and a million children are acutely malnourished, Alhamdulillah Islamic Relief is tackling hunger in Yemen on all fronts. We’re providing food and treatment for malnutrition, helping farmers and fishermen overcome drought, and increasing women and young people’s ability to earn a living and beat the rising food prices.
Islamic Relief is helping families tackle both root causes, training 1,200 vulnerable farmers and fishermen to make their livelihoods drought-resistant and giving them seeds and other essential tools. The new techniques and tools they receive are all environmentally friendly, critical in an area beset by drought and climate change-related disasters, which in turn cause hunger.
To help raise families’ income so they can afford food, we’re helping women to start earning, as well as giving 800 young people skills training to help them start small businesses. We hope to lift them out of a vicious cycle of poverty and hunger from early on in life.
It’s an all-round project which tackles hunger and food insecurity from every angle – nutrition and healthcare, poverty and livelihoods, drought and climate change – and we pray for its success.
Islamic Relief in Yemen
Islamic Relief has been working in Yemen since 1998, implementing seasonal Ramadan and Qurbani food distributions. Islamic Relief teams have responded to emergencies in the area to alleviate distress for people in the region and have also delivered numerous long-term development programmes.