The country’s 29.1 million people were already among the poorest in the Middle East before the current conflict began. Malnutrition rates were already high and around half of children under five were affected. While there has been sporadic conflict in Yemen for decades, fighting has been much more intense for nearly four years. Restricted access, economic volatility and outbreak of disease are all expected to further worsen the situation.
Right now across Yemen more than 22 million people are dependent on humanitarian assistance or protection, of whom around 8.4 million are severely food insecure and at risk of starvation. That number is likely to reach 14 million in the coming months, as the effects of long-term malnutrition and compromised immune systems set in.
Moreover, more than 16 million people do not have access to safe water and proper sanitation. Collapsed health systems and infrastructure have also increased the risk of disease outbreaks.
Funds raised by the Irish Red Cross Yemen Emergency Appeal, continue to support Yemen Red Crescent and our other partners in providing humanitarian assistance for those affected by the conflict to help them cope with the situation.
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Response
In spite of all constraints and challenges including recurrent security incidents, the Red Cross and Red Crescent is striving to respond to the humanitarian needs of conflict-affected people in Yemen.
Our work is impartial and based solely on people’s needs. Our main focus in Yemen is to continue supporting the life-saving and essential activities carried out for the people of Yemen. This includes the provision of food, clean water, and essential household items as well as support to health structures. During this year alone, the Red Cross has reached more than 2 million people with basic aid.
We will continue to work with our partners on the ground to address the emergency needs of people, particularly those in areas where fighting is ongoing, and to help strengthen the resilience of communities to the effects of prolonged violence.
Donations to the Irish Red Cross Yemen Emergency Appeal can be made online at www.redcross.ie/donate or by calling the charity on 1850 50 70 70 and speak to a member of our fundraising team.