9 things you need to know about the Yemen crisis
Apr 14 2015
1. Before the escalation in violence, the humanitarian situation was already pretty bad. 16 million people in Yemen were in need of humanitarian assistance before “Decisive Storm” began.
2. 10.6 million people already needed food assistance - 850,000 of them were children under five. As the violence continues, that number is expected to rise.
3. Half of Yemen’s population was already living on less than US$ 2 a day.
4. Yemen is heavily dependent on imports for goods, including food. Since “Decisive Storm” was launched, no-fly zones, airport closures, and port blockades have prevented vital supplies getting to those who need them.
5. Fuel shortages are incapacitating aid teams. Even where access is possible, an acute lack of fuel can prevent response.
6. It’s dangerous for aid workers to operate. Several humanitarians have been killed since the fighting escalated and many humanitarian organisations have had to evacuate their international staff.
7. Information on needs and where people are fleeing to is almost non-existent in some parts of the country. Aid workers are trying to carry out assessments but many desperate people could fall under the radar.
8. Aid organisations are concerned that limited clean water and medical supplies will limit their capacity to respond. This is particularly a worry in the south for those displaced. If something isn’t done soon, the risk of cholera and other water-borne disease increases.
9. Aid organisations are calling for all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law, particularly the protection of civilians and humanitarian workers.