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

Ongoing clashes between Republic of Yemen Government (RoYG) forces and al-Houthi insurgents in northern Yemen’s Al Jawf, Amran, Sadah, and Sana’a governorates have hampered humanitarian access to conflict-affected and vulnerable populations. In mid-September, al-Houthi insurgents took control of much of the capital city of Sana’a; violence resulted in an estimated 270 fatalities and displaced an unknown number of individuals, according to the U.N.

The U.N. reports that approximately 14.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen, including 8 million people in northern and central governorates, as a result of widespread insecurity. Since the end of January 2014, an estimated 2,980 people have been killed in fighting between RoYG forces and al-Houthi insurgents, secessionist forces in southern Yemen, and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula militants.

On July 1, the U.N. World Food Program initiated a Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation for Yemen to meet humanitarian needs during the next two years. USAID ​'s Office of Food for Peace​ has committed $55 million in emergency food assistance to support this PRRO.

HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO YEMEN IN FY 2014*

USAID/OFDA

$34,858,350

USAID/FFP

$70,000,000

State/PRM

$8,900,000

Total U.S. Government Assistance to Yemen

$113,758,350

*These figures are current as of September 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: October 29, 2014

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