Aaliyah, a 7-year-old IDP, fetches clean water from a newly rehabilitated water.
Aaliyah, a 7-year-old internally displaced person (IDP), fetches clean water from a newly rehabilitated water point funded by USAID/OFDA and installed by partner ADRA in Sana’a Governorate, Yemen.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)

Latest Yemen Fact Sheet

Key Developments

Humanitarian agencies anticipate 15.9 million people in Yemen will require humanitarian assistance in 2015—an 8 percent increase compared to 2014. The U.N. attributes the increase to the outbreak of conflict in new areas of the country, data collection in previously inaccessible regions, and population growth in particularly vulnerable areas.

The U.N.–Republic of Yemen Government (RoYG) 2014 Comprehensive Food Security Survey of Yemen indicated that more than 40 percent of Yemen’s population—or 10.6 million people—was food insecure as of April, including nearly 50 percent of people living in rural areas and more than 25 percent of people residing in urban areas.

The Nutrition Cluster—the coordinating body for humanitarian nutrition activities,comprising U.N. agencies, non-governmental organizations, RoYG, and other stakeholders—reports a decrease of 16 percent in acute malnutrition cases and nearly a 40 percent decrease in severe acute malnutrition cases in children under five years of age compared to December 2013. The Cluster partly attributes the improvements to sustained humanitarian interventions in accessible areas.








Total U.S. Government Assistance to Yemen


*These figures are current as of December 5, 2014


Since 2004, conflict between the RoYG and al-Houthi opposition forces has affected more than 1 million people and repeatedly displaced populations in northern Yemen. In the wake of the Arab Spring, increased fighting between RoYG military forces and tribal and militant groups further limited the capacity of the RoYG to provide basic services, exacerbated deteriorating humanitarian conditions among impoverished populations, and resulted in displacement in northern, central, and southern Yemen.

More recently, rising fuel and food prices, high levels of unemployment, conflict, and conflict-related displacement have left nearly half of Yemen’s 24.8 million people food insecure, of which 1 million children suffer from acute malnutrition—the second-highest child malnutrition level in the world. Although overall improvement in the security situation in southern Yemen since 2011 has facilitated the return of more than 150,000 IDPs to areas of origin since July 2012, Yemen hosts an increasing number of migrants and refugees—242,000, the majority from the Horn of Africa—who are also in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Last updated: December 16, 2014

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