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Our work in Yemen


​​Yemen continues to suffer from the compounded effects of more than eight years of armed conflict. Tens of thousands of civilians are estimated to have been killed or injured and millions remain in need for lifesaving assistance. The unstable economy is worsening and an alarming food insecurity crisis persists. The local currency has collapsed, prices are increasing continuously and public services are disrupted. Very few people can meet their basic needs.

Recent reports show that 21.6 million people (two-thirds of the population) are estimated to be in need for humanitarian and protection assistance. This includes almost 11 million children. More than 17.8 million people lack access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene services, which leads to regular outbreaks of cholera, measles diphteria and other diseases in the country.

​With and estimated 4.5 million Yemenis being displaced within the country, Yemen suffers the the sixth largest internal displacement crisis in the world. More than three-quarters of the displaced persons in Yemen are women and children who were forced to flee due to conflict.

​With no policital settlement in sight, the future of Yemen remains uncertain.​

Our work in Yemen

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Humanitarian aid

Yemen faces one of the largest humanitaries crises in the world. Both, humanitarian assistance and long-term development programs are needed to help affected people survive and live in fair and equitable equitable.

Our partners programming focuses on providing:

  • Emergency health assistance to affected people in rural areas

  • Water and sanitation assistance by creating water and sanitation management committees; rehabilitating sanitation facilities; installing latrines equipped with solar panels; conducting awareness-raising sessions and in-home visits; and improving water and sanitation conditions in schools

  • Emergency food assistance in coordination with food management committees, including identifying the most vulnerable households and distributing food baskets

  • Livelihood assistance in coordination with local communities, including supporting affected people, especially female-headed households, in planning and implementing livelihood projects

What is next in our work?

The compounded crisis in Yemen is pushing more and more people into needing assistance. Development and Peace ― Caritas Canada will continue supporting affected people by providing emergency health; water and sanitation; shelter; education; and protection services. Adopting a nexus approach that recognizes the interlinkages between humanitarian, development and peace actions, Development and Peace ― Caritas Canada will also work with partners on livelihood programs to lay the ground for longer-term social cohesion, peacebuilding and development programs.

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