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Fears of deepening humanitarian crisis as violence surges in Yemen
Amid mounting violence in Yemen, concerns deepen for welfare of children and families already facing severe hardship
LONDON, 26 March 2015 // Action Against Hunger fears Yemen’s instability and the regionalization of the conflict will see the nation plummet further into humanitarian crisis.
Even before fighting intensified in recent months, Yemen’s humanitarian needs were great and funding limited.
Yemen is the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula. With a population of 26 million in a country the size of France, an estimated 10 million people have limited access to food and the food they can access is rarely of sufficient nutritional quality to maintain good health.
Of the 10 million facing food shortages, an estimated 850,000 are young children - 160,000 of whom are at risk of deadly hunger and in need of therapeutic care.
Action Against Hunger provides food and nutritional assistance to the most vulnerable families through 69 nutrition centres.
Today, as the violence intensifies, Action Against Hunger’s priority is the safety of its Yemen-based teams. A crisis cell charged with assessing the risk to personnel and making recommendations for their protection has been established.
Action Against Hunger remains committed to supporting vulnerable families in Yemen. Where security permits, teams will continue to serve communities in need, albeit within tighter safety parameters. The organisation will adapt its response to try to meet these new security challenges and continue its programmes, particularly the therapeutic feeding programmes, which have been disrupted.
“Uncertainty about potential displacement, access to water and how markets will function in the coming days and weeks leave us fearful that the situation for civilians will worsen, not only on the Sanaa-Aden axis but also in other provinces,” said Vincent Taillandier, Director of Operations.
Humanitarian aid workers must be allowed to stay and continue to assist the most vulnerable. In order to reach people, Action Against Hunger maintains neutrality, impartiality and independence, helping all vulnerable populations in need without siding with any one community.