Massive humanitarian needs in Yemen as conflict continues

18 January 2017

As Yemen approaches marking two years since the start of the conflict, the country faces one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world. Around three million people -ten percent of the population- have been displaced, and ten million are uncertain of how they will provide food for themselves.

Over the past year, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has worked against challenges and recurring security incidents in Yemen and was able to help around three million people across the country.  Still, millions of Yemenis lack access to safe water and health care services and without an end to the conflict, no amount of assistance can cover the massive needs in Yemen. 

Highlights of ICRC's work in Yemen in 2016: 

  • Benefited more than 3.3 million people through activities in water and sanitation
  • Supported monthly 20 key primary health centers across Yemen, providing medications and medical supplies for the direct benefit of 292,457 individuals 
  • Distributed food rations including rice, beans, lentils, oil, tea and sugar to 210,430 people in 21 districts
  • Supported in garbage collection, ensuring a safe and clean environment for more than 90,000 people
  • Visited places of detention, monitoring the living conditions of more than 11,000 detainees
  • Provided more than 1,920 body bags and 45 retrieval kits to authorities and arms carriers

Read the full details here

ICRC in Yemen: Facts and figures, 2016

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