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

As of late May, Republic of Yemen Government authorities in southern Yemen continue to detain foreign migrants in facilities with inadequate services and significant protection concerns, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports. IOM continues to facilitate voluntary repatriation flights for registered migrants.

Between January 1 and June 1, health actors recorded more than 364,000 suspected cholera cases across Yemen, representing more than three times the nearly 80,500 suspected cholera cases recorded during the same period in 2018. However, the rate of newly-suspected cholera cases has decreased in recent weeks, according to the UN World Health Organization. The decline may be due to a scale-up of cholera response activities supported by the April allocation from the Yemen Humanitarian Fund, according to the UN.


HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO YEMEN IN FY 2018 - 2019*

USAID/OFDA

$193,042,542

USAID/FFP

$498,911,754

State/PRM

$28,900,000

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

$720,854,296

*These figures are current as of June 7, 2019

Background

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: June 14, 2019

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