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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Key Developments

UN-led peace negotiations between Republic of Yemen Government authorities, Al Houthi representatives, and other stakeholder delegations have been suspended according to media reports; however, parties to the conflict have not withdrawn from the process and continue to meet separately with the UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in Kuwait. As of May 14, the special envoy had reported that the delegations had reached consensus on a number of issues, but highlighted that many differences remained unresolved. The UN special envoy had previously reported optimism in achieving a peaceful settlement and continues to call on all parties to work toward a comprehensive solution, reiterating the international community’s continued support of the peace process.

Parties to the conflict began a cessation of hostilities on April 10, ahead of the renewed peace negotiations. Despite the agreement, intermittent clashes continue in some areas, particularly in Al Jawf, Marib, Sana’a, and Ta’izz governorates, according to the UN.

Following a three-day joint visit to Yemen in mid-May by Director of Operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) John Ging, Emergency Director of the UN World Health Organization Rick Brennan, and Deputy Emergency Director of the UN World Food Program Gian Carlo Cirri, OCHA released a statement drawing urgent attention to the humanitarian situation in Yemen, highlighting that conditions continue to deteriorate more than one year after the escalation of hostilities. Director Ging emphasized that continued conflict, months of limited imports of essential supplies, and rapidly deteriorating basic services have increased humanitarian needs throughout the country. Mr. Ging also appealed to the international community to increase support for humanitarian activities in response to the complex emergency in Yemen.









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


*These figures are current as of May 19, 2016


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: May 27, 2016

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