Yemen

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

Recent violence in Amran Governorate, northern Yemen, and southern Yemen’s Abyan and Shabwah governorates impeded humanitarian assistance to conflict-affected areas and resulted in additional displacement. Meanwhile, relative calm in Ad Dali’ Governorate allowed humanitarian actors to resume relief activities, including emergency food assistance, health care services, and infrastructure repair.

Since April 2013, a change in Saudi Arabia’s labor laws has caused nearly 550,000 people to return to Yemen, either voluntarily or through deportation. More than 37,500 Yemeni migrant workers returned or were deported from Saudi Arabia in April. An average of 1,000 people returned to Yemen through the Al Tuwal border crossing each day in May—many of whom required humanitarian assistance, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported.

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance recently committed more than $8.8 million in additional funding for humanitarian assistance in Yemen and the Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration provided an additional $2.9 million, bringing the total U.S. government commitment in FY 2014 to more than $50 million and more than $180.9 million since FY 2013.

HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO YEMEN IN FY 2013 AND FY 2014*

USAID/OFDA

$63,355,903

USAID/FFP

$89,815,794

State/PRM

$27,785,660

Total U.S. Government Assistance to Yemen

$180,957,357

*These figures are current as of June 30, 2014

Background

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: July 01, 2014

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