Yemen's humanitarian crisis and how you can help

Posted by Caabu on 04 Aug 2017


Since 2015, the conflict between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels in Yemen has plunged the country into a dire humanitarian situation. Airstrikes and fighting are making the country unsafe and a blockade on a country which is 80-90% dependent on imports of food, medicine and fuel is crippling the economy and starving its population.

  • Nearly 2 million children are acutely malnourished and more susceptible to cholera.

  • The worst outbreak of cholera in recorded history has seen over 430,000 suspected cases and claimed nearly 2,000 lives.

  • Only 45% of Yemen’s healthcare facilities are fully operating

  • Public servants, including healthcare workers, have not been paid for 11 months.

  • 17 million people are food insecure

How can you help?

There are numerous charitable appeals to aid the people of Yemen. Here are a few calls for donations from organisations that work on the ground in Yemen, or through local organisations.

UNICEF works in Yemen to provide children with clean water to prevent the spread of cholera. They also provide food and hygiene packs to families.

Save the children provide clean water, food and hygiene packs to prevent the spread of cholera.

Oxfam works on the ground to provide famine relief, clean water and healthcare.

British Red Cross provide hygiene packs, food, clean water and mobile clinics.

Muslim Aid is working through local partners to distribute clean water in Yemen.

Care are on the ground providing clean water, they also facilitate the disposal of waste to improve santitation in affected areas.

Christian Aid are co-operating with Action against hunger to provide emergency assistance to under-fives and pregnant or breastfeeding women.

MSF provides healthcare professionals and aid for 12 hospitals and health centres in Yemen as well as support to a further 30 hospitals and health care centres 

Age International focuses their appeal on elderly people in Yemen, who are particularly vulnerable. They work through a local partner.

Islamic Relief are on the ground in Yemen providing famine relief and clean water in 18 governates.

DEC provide food, santitation, clean water and cash assistance to people suffering the effects of the war in Yemen.