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Yemen in crisis

An escalation in violence in Yemen has plunged families even deeper into turmoil. Action Against Hunger explains...

By Action Against Hunger

Mar 31 2015

A serious escalation in conflict in Yemen has sparked concern the Middle East’s poorest country is facing a humanitarian crisis of escalating proportions.

Before the coalition’s intervention, there were already 350,000 people internally displaced in Yemen (according to the UN Refugee Agency). Now, families caught up in escalating violence in the south of the country are also fleeing their communities in search of safety.

“The situation in this region, which has been worst affected by bombing and fighting on the ground, is worrying,” said Vincent Taillandier, director of operations at Action Against Hunger in France.

“Food in markets is scarce, as is fuel. Care centres are almost all closed; regional hospitals are devoid of personnel and equipment.”

Even before the recent escalation in violence more than 10 million Yemenis did not know where their next meal would come from and child malnutrition rates were disturbing.

Locating and identifying people now fleeing is essential to ensuring the most vulnerable get the assistance they need. In the coming days, pregnant and nursing women, children, and the elderly, are most at risk of malnutrition.  

Action Against Hunger is calling on all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law and the neutral impartial status of humanitarian actors.

“People’s access to assistance is crucial to their survival,” said Taillandier. “All those in need must have free and direct access to assistance and aid.”

Action Against Hunger has been present in Yemen since 2012. We provide food and nutritional assistance to the most vulnerable families through 69 nutrition centres.

While our priority must remain keeping our Yemen-based staff safe, we remain committed to supporting vulnerable families on the ground and where security permits, we’re continuing to serve communities in need, albeit within tighter safety parameters.