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Working in Crisis and Conflict

A Yemeni woman collects water from a USAID-funded cistern.
A Yemeni woman collects water from a USAID-funded cistern.

A history of civil conflict, political upheaval and the accompanying violence has exacerbated the humanitarian situation in Yemen.  The country – which has one of the highest growth rates in the world – houses a large population of internally displaced people as well as hundreds of thousands of refugees. Nearly half of Yemen’s population does not have reliable access to food, and more than half lack access to safe drinking water or sanitation.

USAID humanitarian assistance addresses the needs of internally displaced persons, refugees, host communities, and other vulnerable populations by providing food, health, nutrition, agriculture and food security, economic recovery efforts, and water, sanitation and hygiene assistance. USAID also supports coordination of overall humanitarian efforts including information management and logistics.  In addition to humanitarian assistance, the U.S. government pledged $22 million in 2012 to assist with the recovery of conflict-damaged southern governorates in Yemen, including the rebuilding of schools and health facilities.

Our impacts in this sector include:

  • The United States is the largest contributor of humanitarian aid in Yemen. Our nearly $100 million in assistance has benefitted approximately 400,000 vulnerable and conflict-affected individuals countrywide.
  • USAID has completed and handed over to the Yemeni Government four rehabilitated schools in Abyan and one in Aden.  These efforts will relieve the more than 100,000 students in Aden who could not attend school for 18 months as a result of internally displaced persons from Abyan occupying school buildings for shelter. USAID will complete 13 more school rehabilitations in the south.

Last updated: February 06, 2020

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