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The ICRC in Yemen

07-04-2014 Overview

The ICRC is helping civilians affected by conflict and other violence in several of Yemen’s governorates, where a difficult humanitarian situation has compounded the suffering of communities already affected by a weak economy and limited infrastructure. In 2013, the ICRC enhanced its protection activities for civilians, notably those caught in the fighting between armed groups.

Detainee welfare

The ICRC visits people detained by various authorities in Yemen to assess their treatment and conditions of detention. In line with its standard procedures, the ICRC discusses its findings and recommendations solely with the detaining authorities, and these discussions remain confidential. In 2013, the ICRC visited 5,986 detainees in 17 places of detention in Yemen. The ICRC also assists migrants who are in custody pending deportation.

Restoring family contacts

Together, the ICRC and the Yemen Red Crescent Society are helping members of separated families, such as refugees and asylum seekers, to stay in touch through Red Cross messages. Yemeni families are able to contact relatives held in detention in Afghanistan and Guantanamo through Red Cross messages, as well as phone and video calls.

Protection of civilians

The ICRC has been helping people suffering from the effects of fighting between armed groups in various governorates of Yemen, such as Sana’a, Saada, Amran, Taiz, Ibb, Al-Dhalea, Al-Bayda, and Hadramaut (Mukalla)– where many civilians have been displaced or have lost their source of income and means to make a proper living. (Where needed, the ICRC also restores water infrastructure in rural and urban areas.)

Supporting health facilities and physical rehabilitation centres

ICRC health programmes in Yemen seek to address the health needs of populations affected by conflict and violence, including through the provision of quality emergency health care. Thus, the ICRC organizes first-aid training, and it provides health facilities with drugs, dressing materials and surgical equipment.

The ICRC also supports all physical rehabilitation centres in Yemen, where, in 2013, more than 68,000 disabled individuals received medical consultations.

Health Care in Danger

The ICRC’s five-year “Health Care in Danger” campaign is a global initiative, aimed at enhancing safe access to health care, in addition to protecting health-care missions during conflict and other violence.

Following the declaration signed by the government of Yemen in December 2012 summarizing the rules and principles intended to protect health services, the sick and the wounded, the ICRC produced three radio spots to further publically promote the protection of health-care missions.

In 2013 in Yemen, the ICRC enhanced its confidential dialogue with both State and non-State entities to ameliorate safe access to health-care services – including the quick passage of ambulances and the protection of health-care personnel, the wounded and the sick, in addition to all health-care premises.



Near Sa'ada. Majaz health centre, supported by the ICRC.
© ICRC / C. Martin-chico / ye-e-00782

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