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 a USAID partner in Sana’a Governorate, Yemen.
USAID partner photo

Key Developments

Republic of Yemen Government authorities, Al Houthi representatives, and other stakeholder delegations suspended UN-led peace negotiations on August 6 with plans to reconvene in September, according to the UN. Parties to the conflict plan to meet separately with the UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed during the one-month suspension. The UN Special Envoy reiterated the importance of achieving a comprehensive economic and political solution and ensuring unhindered humanitarian access throughout the country.

Violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement that went into effect on April 10 continue in Al Jawf, Marib, and Ta’izz governorates, according to the UN. In a press statement on July 26, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick appealed to all parties to the conflict to prioritize the protection of civilians and civilian needs and to ensure unhindered access to vulnerable populations, particularly in Ta’izz where fighting intensified in July.

Heavy rainfall and floods since late July have affected an estimated 41,400 people and damaged agriculture, roads, and water infrastructure across eight of Yemen’s 21 governorates. Humanitarian agencies are assessing needs among flood-affected populations and coordinating with local authorities to provide multi-sector emergency relief assistance, including health care support, safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation items, and shelter materials.


HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO YEMEN IN FY 2016*

USAID/OFDA

$22,135,071

USAID/FFP

$105,025,450

State/PRM

$11,750,000

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

$138,910,521

*These figures are current as of August 11, 2016

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: August 23, 2016

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