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 a USAID partner in Sana’a Governorate, Yemen.
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Latest Yemen Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

On June 22, the UN World Food Program (WFP) activated a partial suspension of emergency food assistance in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a. The suspension, which remains in place as of July 12, follows extended discussion and a lack of agreement with Al Houthi officials on the introduction of controls to prevent the diversion of food assistance. The partial suspension of general food distributions, which affects approximately 850,000 food-insecure people in Sana’a city, does not include WFP’s ongoing nutrition activities. High-level negotiations between WFP and Al Houthi officials on independent beneficiary identification and the implementation of a biometric beneficiary registration system continue.

From January 1–July 5, health actors recorded nearly 462,000 suspected cholera cases, surpassing the approximately 371,000 suspected cases recorded in all of 2018, according to the UN World Health Organization. Lack of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene services throughout Yemen are driving the high numbers of suspected cases. Additionally, flooding across much of the country in May and June may have accelerated the disease’s spread following a temporary decrease in the number of suspected cases recorded in May. The U.S. Government continues to support partners to provide water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and health care services throughout Yemen to prevent and track the further spread of cholera and provide care to affected populations.








Total U.S. Government Assistance to Yemen and Neighboring Countries


*These figures are current as of July 12, 2019


Between 2004 and early 2015, conflict between the Republic of Yemen Government (RoYG) and Al Houthi opposition forces in the north and between Al Qaeda-affiliated groups and RoYG forces in the south, forced people in northern Yemen to repeatedly flee their homes, resulting in the need for humanitarian aid. At the same time, fighting between RoYG forces and tribal and militant groups since 2011 limited the capacity of the RoYG to provide basic services, and humanitarian needs increased among impoverished populations. In late March 2015, a coalition led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia began airstrikes on Al Houthi and allied forces to halt their southward expansion. The ongoing conflict has damaged public infrastructure, interrupted essential services, displaced populations, and reduced the level of commercial imports to a fraction of the levels required to sustain the Yemeni population. The country relies on imports for 90 percent of its grain and other food sources. The escalated conflict, coupled with protracted political instability, the resulting economic crisis, rising fuel and food prices, and high unemployment, has left nearly 19 million people in need of humanitarian aid, and has put more than 17 million people at risk of starvation.

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Last updated: July 16, 2019

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