Yemen — one of the world’s oldest centers of civilization — is also the poorest country in the Middle East. Facing chronic malnutrition and severe water shortages, Yemen’s challenges are compounded by a cycle of violence and political factors that have pushed it to the brink of collapse.
Heavy airstrikes pummel the country daily, exacting a dreadful toll on Yemen’s people, who urgently need assistance. Civilians die every day. Ports are under threat and some have stopped functioning altogether. Fuel prices have soared, and importing supplies like food and medicines is near impossible. For a country that imported about 90% of its food before the war, this has led to dire consequences for the population. More than 2 million people have been forced from their homes and 7 million people do not know where their next meal will come from. These barriers make it extremely difficult to deliver aid.
But every day we try. Relief International works in some of Yemen’s most remote areas, serving some of its most desperate populations. The food and supplies we bring are often the only ones these communities receive. RI’s work in Yemen:
Strives to combat the effects of severe, chronic malnutrition through food distribution for families and targeted nutrition interventions for malnourished children as well as pregnant and lactating mothers.
Delivers healthcare, including vaccinations for children, via mobile medical units, which travel to new sites each day, reaching communities that would otherwise have no services.
Provides household necessities, such as soap, water filters and water containers to people forced from their homes.
Improves communities’ knowledge and awareness of nutrition and hygiene practices to promote safe, healthy lifestyles.