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

On September 16, the U.S. Government (USG) announced more than $89 million in new funding to meet urgent humanitarian needs in Yemen and neighboring countries. The funding will support emergency food assistance, safe drinking water, improved sanitation, emergency shelter, life-saving medical care, nutrition services, and protection for vulnerable populations. The additional funding brings total USG support for the Yemen crisis to nearly $170 million in FY 2015.

Clashes between pro-Republic of Yemen Government (RoYG) and al-Houthi forces persist, with an intensification of airstrikes and fighting in Sana’a and Marib governorates, according to international media reports. The UN reports that airstrikes and armed clashes have destroyed vital civilian and agricultural infrastructure, while insecurity continues to restrict humanitarian access to conflict-affected populations.

On September 10, a vessel chartered by the UN World Food Program (WFP) and carrying 4,530 metric tons (MT) of USAID/FFP-provided wheat—sufficient wheat to feed approximately 270,000 people for one month—berthed in Aden Port and has begun discharging its cargo. This shipment is in addition to 35,800 MT of USAID/FFP-provided wheat that was discharged in Saleef Port during the week of September 6.

More than 21 million people in Yemen require some form of humanitarian assistance, representing a more than 30 percent increase from 2014, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).








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


*These figures are current as of September 18, 2015


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: September 21, 2015

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