Yemen Crisis

When war tore through her home town of Taizz, Hadiya fled with nothing.

Now, she is camped out with her children and grandchildren in a wreck of a building many miles away – unable to return home and uncertain what the future might hold. Photo: ©UNHCR/Shabia Mantoo

After more than six years of conflict, economic collapse and a recent cholera outbreak, millions of displaced Yemenis like Hadiya are only a step away from famine. Please help us reach these families with life-saving aid.

Shelter kits

to help repair bomb-damaged homes

Essential items

like mattresses, blankets and kitchenware

Emergency cash grants

to help families access food and medicine

What’s happening in Yemen?

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. UNHCR is on the ground, helping families find shelter, essential supplies and healthcare. Public support is urgently needed to help us reach more people and save lives.

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.

Where are Yemeni families fleeing to?

Many families seek refuge in neighbouring countries, like Djibouti and Somalia. But conditions in the surrounding region are so poor that many others stay within Yemen – despite the conflict and risk.

Why are people starving in Yemen?

Yemen has always been one of the poorest countries in the Middle East. But the impact of war and currency collapse have brought the country to its knees and pushed millions of families to the brink of starvation.

With rampant inflation and few livelihood opportunities, families can no longer afford basic meals. To put food on the table, many displaced families are selling off belongings, pulling children out of school and sending them to work, begging on the streets, or eating just once a day.

UNHCR staff report that often a daily meal is nothing more than a bowl of rice, or a cup of tea with a piece of bread. Coping strategies such as limiting meal portions are most prevalent among displaced people. An estimated four out of five displaced female-headed displaced families now resort to such measures.

Where in the country is UNHCR working?
We have teams on the ground across Yemen, reaching vulnerable families in all 20 governorates affected by the conflict. We are helping displaced Yemenis as well as refugees who flee into Yemen to escape neighbouring conflicts.
What kind of relief is UNHCR providing?
We’re providing families with emergency shelter, special kits to help them repair bomb damage and cash assistance to help them access food and medicine. In addition, we’re supplying mattresses, blankets, sleeping mats, kitchen sets, buckets and more to those who’ve lost everything in the war.
Where can I access the latest data and reports?

Yemen Operations – UNHCR’s relief work to protect displaced people inside Yemen.

Yemen Situation Portalfor latest updates on the crisis overall, including UNHCR situation reports, funding requirements and UNHCR’s support for countries taking in refugees from Yemen.

Did you know that Yemen is also sheltering over 130,000 refugees – mainly from the Horn of Africa?

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After their father was killed in fighting, Muna and Sakina fled with their remaining family.

Now they’re living in the Dharwan settlement outside Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, where conditions are basic and overcrowded.

Thanks to UNHCR and our donors, the family has been provided with emergency shelter and other essential items, so they can survive through the months ahead.

Photo: ©UNHCR/Mohammed Hamoud

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