Humanitarian Response in Yemen

According to the United Nations, Yemen faces the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. War that has ravaged the country since 2015 has killed over 50,000 people, including many civilians, and destroyed the economy and vital infrastructure. The country is now on the brink of what could be the world’s worst famine in over 100 years. More than half the population – 14 million women, men, and children – are at risk of famine.

Get the latest updates on the crisis from the United Nations.

Yemen: How Did We Get Here? A brief background to the conflict

Since 2015, the UN and its partners have been on the ground providing lifesaving assistance and protection. Here are a few ways:

  • Each month, the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) distributes 100,000 metric tons of food commodities at more than 5,000 points, reaching more than 8 million Yemenis
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have reached more than 300,000 people with cholera vaccines
  • The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has provided sexual and reproductive health services to 250,000 girls and women.
  • The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) works closely with the government and humanitarian partners at all levels to enhance coordination

As the crisis in Yemen continues, every bit of your support for humanitarian aid matters.

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