Yemen, a country already fragmented and suffering from high rates of malnutrition, weak infrastructure, poor supply networks and broken water distribution systems is now under further pressure from waves of people displaced by violent conflict. More than 12 million Yemenis have been displaced, and more than half of them women. Male family members stay back to join the fighting. Without access to fuel, electricity, water and other supplies, those living in the remote areas of Amran and Hajjah governorates are facing some of the toughest circumstances.
To support Yemenis in coping with this burden, Relief International distributed water buckets, plastic sheeting, sleeping mats, blankets and kitchen supplies to 18,000 people with funding from OCHA. Female-headed households comprised 10 percent of this total. RI also worked with its local partner, Orphan Development Fund (ODF), to strengthen local infrastructure and delivery of these items in hard-to-reach areas.