7.4 million people are at of risk of famine in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis continues. More than five years of conflict has deepened Yemen’s poverty, devastated its infrastructure, and caused widespread hunger and suffering, and COVID-19 is a second front that Yemen is unprepared for.
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 just to survive – a figure so high that it is in fact the highest in the world. 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:
19.7 million people need basic healthcare
Almost 18 million people are in need of water and sanitation facilities
Over 3 million people have been left displaced by conflict
Islamic Relief is currently on the ground in 17 of the country’s 22 governorates, delivering aid to many hard-to-reach areas. Islamic Relief’s country office is in the capital, Sana’a, with eight sub-offices in Dhamar, Amran, Aden, Taiz, Hodeida, Saada, Maarib and Rymah.
Our teams on the ground are providing essential food aid to families at risk of famine and facing food insecurity.
With your support, we can help these communities in their hour of need.
Update – February 2021
Torrential rain continues across Yemen, which has once again led to severe flooding. Over the past three months flash flooding in the country has cost more than 170 people their lives and left many others severely injured. An estimated 300,000 people have now lost their homes, crops, livestock and possessions.