Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen: A March 2018 Update

The conflict in Yemen, escalating notably since December 2017, continues to wreak havoc on the lives of civilians, marking one of the most severe periods of civilian suffering since 2016. With the conflict spreading to previously untouched areas like al-Hudaydah and intensifying along other frontiers such as Taizz and al-Jawf, the civilian population finds itself trapped in an ever-tightening vice of violence and displacement. Amidst this turmoil, the paramount importance of safeguarding civilians and providing essential aid to those in dire need has never been more urgent.

The Escalating Humanitarian Crisis

The recent surge in conflict has dramatically increased civilian casualties, with December 2017 witnessing a threefold increase in non-combatant deaths compared to the monthly average of that year. The most affected governorates include Taizz, where the conflict has been particularly fierce, and Al-Hudaydah, recently targeted by military operations. Data from the Civilian Impact Monitoring Project highlights the disproportionate impact on civilians, with a significant number of casualties occurring in non-combat situations, such as at home or in markets.

The Plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

The conflict’s escalation has triggered a new wave of displacement, affecting hundreds of thousands of individuals. According to UNHCR, IOM, and other sources, over 100,000 IDPs have been displaced since December 1, 2017, with many moving from North to South Yemen. The influx of displaced individuals into southern governorates underscores the urgent need for medical aid, food, water, and shelter to support the continuing survival of these communities.

Yemen’s Deepening Humanitarian Emergency

Yemen’s conflict has plunged the country into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 22.2 million people, or 75% of the population, requiring humanitarian assistance. The situation is exacerbated by a severe protection crisis, threats of famine, and disease outbreaks, including cholera. The Humanitarian Needs Overview for Yemen indicates that over 5.4 million people are in desperate need of shelter, basic necessities, and medical care, highlighting the catastrophic impact of the conflict on Yemen’s civilian population.

The Critical Need for Aid and Support

The situation in Yemen demands immediate and sustained humanitarian intervention to address the vast needs of the affected population. The challenges faced by refugees and IDPs, including the risk of exploitation and the lack of employment opportunities, further exacerbate the crisis. With protection and shelter for refugees dwindling, there is an acute need for international support to fill the significant gaps in aid and assistance.

How You Can Help

Crisis Aid is actively engaged in providing crucial support to those affected by the conflict in Yemen. Our efforts are focused on delivering essential supplies, including water, food, shelter, and medical aid, to those in need. However, the scale of the crisis requires significant resources, and we rely on the generosity of donors to continue our work. By contributing to our charity, you can make a tangible difference in the lives of those suffering in Yemen. Your support enables us to extend our reach and provide lifesaving assistance to those who need it most.

The ongoing crisis in Yemen presents a profound humanitarian challenge, with millions of lives hanging in the balance. As the situation continues to deteriorate, the international community must come together to provide the necessary aid and support to alleviate the suffering of Yemen’s civilian population. Through collective action and sustained humanitarian efforts, we can help bring relief to those affected by this devastating conflict.



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