The UN has warned that the clock is ticking on the Coronavirus threat in Yemen. With the country having registered its first official case, Yemen is gearing itself up to fight this devastating pandemic, but unfortunately the country has limited resources that allow for detection, isolation and treatment of the disease.
More than five years of conflict has deepened Yemen’s poverty, devastated its infrastructure, and caused widespread hunger and suffering and this disease is a second front that Yemen is unprepared for.
There are not enough hospital beds or supplies to treat those seriously ill. But, as we have seen in the UK, simple measures can make a huge difference.
If we act now to protect millions of vulnerable people, many lives can be saved.
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People who have suffered so much need your help now more than ever to face this new threat. Please donate now.
With the ongoing conflict in Yemen – already one of the poorest countries in the region – tens of thousands of lives have been lost and over 20 million people don’t know where their next meal will come from. 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 24 million people (80% of the country’s population) 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:
On the ground in Yemen, the situation is dire and things are getting worse each and every day.
Islamic Relief is currently on the ground in 17 of the country’s 22 governorates, delivering aid to many hard-to-reach areas. Our country office is in the capital, Sana’a, and we have eight sub-offices in Dhamar, Amran, Aden, Taiz, Hodeida, Saada, Maarib and Rymah.
Our teams are 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.
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 2 million people every month. We’ve also 167 health facilities across the country to enable 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.
£25 can provide essential hygiene kits to a displaced family
£80 could feed a family for one month*
£100 could provide enough basic PPE for one frontline health worker for four months
We can do more. We must do more. Please donate now and save lives.
* Due to ongoing conflict, blockades and delays in food imports, the food prices in Yemen constantly fluctuate. At times food prices have more than doubled during the ongoing conflict which began in March 2015. Islamic Relief Yemen continues to provide life-saving aid to those most in need through its partnership work with international organisations such as the World Food Programme. We will regularly update price handles to reflect the current situation on the ground.