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Latest Yemen Fact Sheet
On May 16, U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed warned that Yemen’s long-standing humanitarian crisis threatens to undermine recent moves toward political stability. RC/HC Ahmed called for increased support for humanitarian organizations, which continue to scale up efforts to meet the needs of IDPs, host communities, returnees, and other displaced populations.
With nearly $4 million in USAID/OFDA assistance, Save the Children/U.S. (SC/US) continues to support the health and nutrition needs of affected populations in northern and southern Yemen, particularly those located in Al Hudaydah, Sa'dah, and Ta'izz governorates. Between April 1 and May 15, SC/US treated more than 12,000 individuals through 20 health facilities and reached nearly 160,000 people with training and community awareness activities, including messaging on malaria, diarrhea, and malnutrition prevention.
Since the launch of the 2013 YHRP, international donors have provided $219 million—or 31 percent of requested funding—toward activities outlined in the plan and have committed more than $270 million in total humanitarian assistance to Yemen as of June 6.
HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO YEMEN IN FY 2013*
Total USAID and State Assistance to Yemen
*These figures are current as of June 6, 2013
Since 2004, conflict between the Republic of Yemen Government (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.
Last updated: June 07, 2013
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