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Once renowned as one of the world’s oldest centers of civilization, Yemen is now the site of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The country’s natural and archaeological treasures, including four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, have been largely destroyed by Yemen’s brutal civil war. However, these losses cannot compare to the unfathomable human suffering the Yemeni people have endured during four years of grinding conflict.

Since the outset of civil war in 2014, Yemen has spiraled into catastrophe with famine-like conditions and mass displacement across the country. The healthcare system has completely collapsed, triggering outbreaks of malnutrition and disease, including more than one million cases of cholera.

Clashes have frequently closed the country’s main ports, blocking key imports like food and medicine. Yemen was already the poorest country on the Arabian peninsula before the war, and the conflict’s economic costs are higher than most Yemeni families can bear. As food prices skyrocket across the country, people can’t afford the food they need to survive – and hunger may ultimately end more lives than fighting.

With an estimated 24 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, Yemen is one of Relief International’s most extensive programs.

Relief International began operating in Yemen in 2009 prior to the onset of the conflict, working on long-term development projects to improve sanitation, hygiene and economic opportunities.

As the country’s civil war has shifted, so has our work. We operate on the front lines of the crisis, delivering emergency rations of food, safe drinking water, life-saving healthcare and direct cash support.

Our work includes:

  • Innovative measures to ensure aid reaches its intended recipients, such as pioneering the use of biometric data to deliver food in conflict-affected areas where there is greater risk of aid diversion
  • Providing direct cash assistance to the most vulnerable families living near places with functioning markets, empowering them to purchase what they need most while also stimulating the local economy
  • Mobile clinics traversing Yemen’s rugged hillsides to deliver high-quality healthcare and nutritional assistance to remote communities cut off from services by the war
  • Delivering emergency provisions of food, shelter and hygiene supplies to displaced communities as fighting drives them from their homes

“With no foreseeable end to this conflict, our team is prepared to continue our emergency response in Yemen for the long-term, until a sustainable peace is reached. That’s when the next phase of our work will begin to reconstruct this devastated nation,” shares Relief International’s Country Director for Yemen Mutasim Hamdam. “The country’s infrastructure, economy and public services will have to be rebuilt, as well as trust between communities – and that will take time.”

Our 2018 Impact in Yemen
Invested in the health and economic well-being of Yemeni communities affected by the country's civil war
Health consultations conducted across the country
Families whose levels of food consumption were improved through Relief International's efforts
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