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ICRC activities in Yemen in 2013

12-04-2014 Facts and Figures

Despite a difficult year marked by an intensification of armed conflict and other violence in some parts of Yemen, the ICRC remained operational through its delegation in Sana’a; its sub-delegations in Saada, Amran and Aden; and its office in Taiz.

In December 2013, the ICRC closed its Amran office, partly to restructure work and partly to respond to a deterioration of security in the Amran area. However, as the security situation allows, the ICRC will continue to respond to the humanitarian needs in Amran governorate and its surroundings.

How the ICRC helped the victims of conflict and violence in Yemen in 2013:

Water and infrastructure

  • A total of 1,202,040 people in Abyan, Aden, Taiz and Saada governorates gained access to clean drinking water through various rehabilitation and construction projects.
  • At least 12,434 people in various parts of Saada benefited from clean drinking water, through water trucking.
  • By combining village flood protection, anti-erosion measures, and spate irrigation rehabilitations in Wadi Bana, with food-security activities in the Abyan delta, the ICRC engaged in an integrated assistance programme to improve security and restore agriculture activities for 42,000 people of the southern Abyan governorate.
  • A total of 1,653 detainees in Sana’a now enjoy better living conditions following infrastructure upgrades at their detention facilities.

Medical

  • More than 68,000 disabled individuals received treatment in four orthopaedic centres supported by the ICRC, which also trained more than 60 orthopaedic technicians and physiotherapists. A total of 10 students received ICRC support to undertake a three-year training programme in India to become ortho-prosthetists.
  • Some 220,000 individuals gained access to improved primary health care, based on ICRC support extended to 11 health facilities in Saada, Amran, Abyan and Sana’a governorates; first-aid training provided to 474 individuals; and other medical training sessions offered. Throughout the year, the ICRC supported Abyan governorate’s Al-Razi Hospital, where more than 1,300 surgeries took place.

Food

  • A total of 10,638 people received food assistance in various parts of the country.

Other aid

  • To help separated family members stay in touch, the ICRC throughout the year distributed 2,350 Red Cross messages, and it facilitated 363 calls between detainees in Guantanamo or Bagram and their loved ones in Yemen.
  • Based on worrying levels of overcrowding combined with a lack of resources, migrants held at a deportation centre received food and hygiene items.
  • A total of 3,456 people in Abyan and Saada governorates improved their incomes by cleaning canals as part of a cash-for-work programme.
  • In Amran, a total of 32,137 farmers had their 717,570 head of livestock immunized against endemic diseases. In Al-Sawad sub-district of Amran governorate, 50 cows belonging to 50 female-headed households received treatments against various types of disease.
  • Owing to various micro-economic initiatives offered to vulnerable groups of people, 670 families in Saada, Taiz, and Abyan are now self-sustainable.
  • A total of 7,864 households in Abyan received fruit and vegetable seeds, allowing them to resume farming activities in their conflict-affected areas.

Budget

The budget for ICRC activities in Yemen for 2014 is over 25 million Swiss francs.

Staff

Since 1962, the ICRC has been in Yemen; and it is now one of the ICRC’s largest operations in the Middle East, with more than 250 staff including over 40 expatriates based in four locations in the country.


Photos

Al Razi hospital, Aden governorate. An ICRC surgical team helps perform surgeries. 

Al Razi hospital, Aden governorate. An ICRC surgical team helps perform surgeries.
/ CC BY-NC-ND

Bani Ower. An ICRC water and habitat delegate checks the water network. 

Bani Ower. An ICRC water and habitat delegate checks the water network.
/ CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / S. Al Haddi

Saada airport. People injured in fighting in Dammaj are evacuated to Sana'a for treatment. 

Saada airport. People injured in fighting in Dammaj are evacuated to Sana'a for treatment.
/ CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC

In Dammaj, the ICRC helped retrieve the mortal remains of five people who died in the fighting, and handed them over to their families and community representatives. 

In Dammaj, the ICRC helped retrieve the mortal remains of five people who died in the fighting, and handed them over to their families and community representatives.
/ CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / F. Chrabyeh

Al Habri prison, Sana'a. In 2013 the ICRC helped restore this prison. 

Al Habri prison, Sana'a. In 2013 the ICRC helped restore this prison.
/ CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / M.-C. Feghali

Aden. Seminar on treating war-wounded patients. 

Aden. Seminar on treating war-wounded patients.
/ CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / B. Lamon