The current situation
Yemen is experiencing the largest humanitarian crisis in the world today. Violent civil war has crippled the country’s water, sanitation and health infrastructures in one of the Arab world’s poorest countries. Thousands of people have died in the conflict, and nearly 70% of the country (18.8 million people) are in now need of humanitarian assistance.
Civilians are the most severely affected by the conflict, as air strikes have repeatedly struck homes, hospitals and public infrastructure that now lies in ruins.
Yemen is on the brink of severe famine, as the conflict has destroyed the ports that import over 90% of Yemen’s food. Blockades put in place due to the conflict make it difficult for humanitarian aid to reach people in desperate need.
How are Tearfund helping?
Tearfund is working to provide conflict-affected families with clean water and hygiene materials to reduce the risk of illness and disease. We are also providing cash for families facing hunger to enable them to buy food from local traders. Seeds and tools are also being distributed to help families plant small family vegetable gardens and a large shipment of medicines and medical supplies is being flown into the capital to be distributed to local hospitals.