International Committee of the Red Cross

The sad story of Sana’a

Photo gallery 13 February 2018

Violent clashes. Ongoing airstrikes. Outbreaks of cholera and other preventable diseases. Dwindling care for kidney failure patients. Decimated health care system.

With over 20 million in need of aid, Yemen is the world's single largest humanitarian crisis. Time is running out for the people caught in the midst of the ongoing conflict.

But, not so long ago, the enchanting souks and narrow alleys of old Sana'a bustled with vendors and tourists. Three years into the brutal conflict in Yemen, almost every aspect of daily life has been affected.

From dealing with insistent power cuts on a daily basis to scraping for their livelihood in the middle of debris and destroyed buildings, the people of Sana'a are not giving up on hope.

The ICRC is working round the clock to bring help to these people in every way possible. In 2017 alone, we helped over 3 million people access clean water and better sanitation – essentials in these troubled times. Around 879,000 displaced people received various forms of assistance.