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Humanitarian Highlights – Yemen

The UN predicts that Yemen will continue to face one of the worst humanitarian crises in 2019. Millions of people will require humanitarian aid. Here is a summary of the current situation in Yemen and how hundreds of humanitarian organizations are helping those most vulnerable.

The Current Situation in Yemen

Yemen has been experiencing a dire humanitarian crisis for several years. In 2015, the already debilitated economic situation was further exacerbated by a civil war. Before the war, half of the country’s population already lived below the poverty line, and social services were near collapse.

Today, the situation is even grimmer. More than 22 million people in Yemen require humanitarian assistance. Since rebel groups overtook the government in 2015, the opposition has been launching continuous airstrikes to regain control. These have claimed thousands of lives, damaged main infrastructures and limited aid access to civilians.

In addition to the conflict, Yemen is also facing an ecological crisis. There is low access to water, as water levels have dropped significantly.

These factors compound into some severe issues in Yemen. Two million Yemenis have been internally displaced. Nearly a million people suffered from the worst cholera outbreak in modern history in 2017. Inflation rates have skyrocketed, and the poor can no longer afford food or shelter. Further, the country is on the brink of famine, with 8 million people on the brink of starvation. Essential services such as healthcare and education are also limited.

Humanitarian Response in Yemen

Amid Yemen’s crisis, humanitarians are doing what they can to alleviate human suffering. Organizations are on the ground fighting for food security, economic sustainability, healthcare provision, and essential education services.

Also, many organizations are advocating for peace and human rights. Yemen’s civilian population is paying a high price for political airstrikes, which violates their fundamental human rights. As such, humanitarians are continuously pushing for a ceasefire.

Due to the level of insecurity in the country, humanitarian aid is often difficult to deliver to the most vulnerable. Some parts of the country are tough to access, and airstrikes make it extremely dangerous to work in certain parts of Yemen.

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NGOs that Work in Yemen 

From grassroots NGOs to international organizations, humanitarians are working hard to help the most vulnerable in Yemen. Here are just a few examples of the great work humanitarians are doing.

 International Rescue Committee

The primary mandate of the IRC in Yemen is to work on healthcare. With nearly 16 million people lacking access to healthcare, this is a much-needed service. The IRC runs medical treatment centers, promotes cholera prevention, screens children for malnutrition, and trains health volunteers in local communities.  


CARE in Yemen has an impact on nearly 1 million people every month. The organization provides essentials such as food and water. They also work in sanitation services to prevent diseases and ensure healthier communities.

Mona Relief

Founded by a Yemeni journalist and human rights activist, Mona Relief delivers much-needed aid. The organization collects and distributes food, as well as other essentials. It also collaborates with other organization on humanitarian relief activities in Yemen.

Yemen Hope and Relief

Another grassroots organization, Yemen Hope and Relief rescue children who are suffering from severe malnutrition. Also, it works to raise awareness and share the stories of Yemeni suffering to drive support.


Based in Rome, INTERSOS provides humanitarian aids to the internally displaced in Yemen, and refugees outside the country. This includes medical food and assistance, as well as education for children and teens. Additionally, INTERSOS works on psychological care and protection for women and children.

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

MSF’s primary mandate is to provide healthcare to the most vulnerable. In Yemen, the organization currently works in 13 hospitals and supports 18 more. In 2017, MSF was one of the key actors helping to fight the cholera epidemic.

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