Two-year-old Iman fled Hudaydah with her parents and brother during Eid in mid-May. Luckily, they received money from relatives to pay for their transport out of the hostile city. Salwa told UNHCR, “I borrowed 20,000 riyals from someone to pay for what we needed on the road.”
In Aden, the family settled in a site hosting displaced families. Iman’s father, Hamid, 30, works daily jobs.
“It’s not enough to eat. I owe money to the shop. Even the candies, the kids got it on credit” Salwa explained to UNHCR.
Salwa and her family aren’t alone. Six years of fighting in Yemen have driven millions of people from their homes. Hundreds of thousands of internally displaced Yemenis are at heightened risk of food insecurity as livelihoods have been lost to the combined effects of ceaseless violence and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Abdo, his wife & 13 children survived their house being shelled.
They took a bag of clothes & the little money they had saved.
They walked 12 hours to reach Aden.
They did not look back.
But they cannot look ahead either as extreme poverty now plagues their days. pic.twitter.com/eoXOuq2Num
— Jean-Nicolas Beuze (@jnbeuze) July 29, 2021
UNHCR is leading a coordinated effort across the region to protect Yemenis who have been forced to flee. This includes emergency relief and shelter for those escaping escalations in the conflict, and ongoing care such as education and healthcare.
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