It is the civil war that rarely makes the headlines, but it has left thousands dead and millions in peril.
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is so serious that it currently ranks along with Iraq and Syria as a ‘Level 3’ Emergency – the highest level there is. In fact, many of the measures of suffering rank even higher than for those two nations.
However, the civil war in Yemen receives just a fraction of the attention. Despite this, Tearfund is supporting lifesaving work there and you can support it.
The nation of Yemen lies on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. It shares a northern border with Saudi Arabia. The contrast with its wealthy neighbour couldn’t be more marked.
A crisis in numbers
The statistics speak for themselves; over 21 million people urgently need humanitarian assistance – that’s 83% of the population, higher than for Syria (74%). Over 14 million lack safe regular access to food – rising to 19 million for water and sanitation.
Just as disturbing is the international response to the crisis; only 39% of the money needed for humanitarian help has been raised by the UN.