Would you buy medicine for your little girl and go without food tomorrow? Would you beg for people’s leftovers if you didn’t know when you’d eat again? Would you let your little boy miss school so he could find food for his family? This is not a choice, this is a tragedy. But it’s also a brutal reality for families in Yemen right now.
17.8 million people left food insecure
With the ongoing conflict in Yemen – already one of the poorest countries in the region – thousands of lives have been lost and almost 18 million people have been left food insecure. A country crippled by conflict is sadly now on the brink of famine.
With families facing ongoing armed conflict, displacement, disease and economic decline, an estimated 22.2 million people are now in need of humanitarian aid to survive – a figure so high that it is in fact the highest across the globe.
Yemen now officially hosts the world’s largest human induced food security crisis. Families and communities have been torn apart and left without even the most basic of living essentials:
- 8.4 million people do not know where they will get their next meal from
- Around 75% of the population require humanitarian aid to survive
- 2 million people have been left displaced by conflict
If the situation continues to worsen, an additional 5.6 million people could be affected by famine in the coming months, causing the number of people in acute need of food to rise to 14 million. The situation is dire and things are getting worse each and every day.
On the ground: A country on the edge of famine
Islamic Relief is on the ground in 19 of the country’s 22 governorates, providing essential food aid to families at risk of famine and facing extensive food insecurity.
With your support we can help these communities in their hour of need.
Sami Jassar, who works for Islamic Relief in Yemen, explains:
“Since March 2015 the situation has got worse… essential goods, such as food, have more than doubled in price…”
For men, women and children across the country, finding their next meal is a growing challenge.
Islamic Relief has provided food to over 2.5 million people – Help us continue our work
Through our emergency appeal, we’re working to save lives across Yemen. Islamic Relief is distributing food across a wide area and providing food to more than 2.5 million people. We’ve also equipped 21 hospitals and clinics across the country to support doctors and nurses working to treat wounded, sick and malnourished people. We have also been working to support children through child protection and psycho-social support activities.
In light of the impending famine, we’re continuing to distribute food packs and essential food vouchers to provide critical aid to families in need. However, we need your help to reach as many people as possible and widen our response.