Action Against Hunger works in Yemen to support over 22 million people in need of assistance


As violence in Yemen nears its fourth year, the country is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis in decades.

Country Overview

More than 14 million people are facing starvation. It is believed that an estimated 85,000 children have died as a result of extreme hunger since the start of the conflict.

Our Country Director in Yemen, Valentina Ferrante, recently told the UK media about mothers who are forced to choose between which child to feed and which child starves. Other charities report that older people are being forced to sell their homes and possessions just to survive another day, while many parents have no choice but to give their children contaminated food and water.

No one should be forced to make such impossible choices, but this is the brutal reality for families in Yemen right now. 


People we helped in 2018

What we are doing

Action Against Hunger, along with 13 other members of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) have decided we must reach out together with one voice to our supporters, to the British public and to our politicians, and ask everyone in the UK not to look away. We must stand by the people of Yemen living through this nightmare.

Action Against Hunger is on the ground in Yemen, and despite access restrictions, in 2018 we:

  • Worked in 60 health facilities to treat acute malnutrition in almost 31,000 people
  • Provided essential medical treatment to over 530,000
  • Ensured that almost 335,000 people had access to safe water
  • Promoted good hygiene practices
  • Ran a key diarrhea treatment facility in Hodeidah treating severe cases and promoting good health promotion activities
  • Helped families displaced from their homes due to combat
  • Also work to prevent the underlying causes of malnutrition, including poverty, by supporting employment and self-employment opportunities. 

Charities like us are reaching hundreds of thousands of people with lifelines in this urgent, life-threatening humanitarian emergency, but hundreds of thousands more people need our help before it is too late. 

“The humanitarian situation in Yemen is devastating for millions of families. We are treating malnourished children who are in a more severe condition and are older than those we treated prior to the conflict - this demonstrates the seriousness of the crisis.” 
Jean-Michel Grand, Executive Director, Action Against Hunger

"Civilians are the first to suffer from the lack of respect for the fundamental rules of international humanitarian law: indiscriminate bombing and airstrikes, ceasefire ignorance, schools and health facilities being occupied by armed groups, the destruction of civilian infrastructure." - Lucile Grosjean, Advocacy Manager, Action Against Hunger in France


Children like Rana are suffering from malnutrition in Yemen. Their parents are forced to make impossible choices. Let us help them.
Children like Rana are suffering from malnutrition in Yemen. Their parents are forced to make impossible choices. Let us help them.

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Help give hope through our Yemen Hunger Crisis Appeal

Photo credits: © F. Seriex for Action Against Hunger and Ammar Bamatraf

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Hajjah, Hodeida, Abyan, Lahj