What We Do
The Humanitarian Response :
Humanitarian Situation in Yemen
The situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate, with the coalition’s bombing campaign and economic blockade ongoing and daily fighting breaking out in many of the country’s governorates as well as spreading over the border onto Saudi soil. Civilian casualties and allegations of IHL violations from both sides have been reported.
The country is currently in a state of acute humanitarian crisis with active conflict affecting most of the country and ever increasing humanitarian needs. According to the UN between 19 March and until 12 May, health facilities in Yemen have reported 1,527 deaths, including at least 131 children and 50 women, and 6,266 injuries. Over 300,000 people are newly displaced. Over 10,200 Yemenis and third-country nationals have also fled to neighbouring countries.
The humanitarian needs are immense and rapidly growing. In most parts of Yemen food is running out, whilst in some parts of the country water is only available once every fortnight, power is available very few hours a day in the best cases, and there’s a widespread fuel shortage. The serious escalation of violence in Yemen is putting millions of children at risk, with the country’s critical infrastructure and services on the verge of breaking down.
Yemen was defined before the escalation of the conflict by issues of chronic poverty and hunger, under-development, and weak rule of law, exacerbated by climate-change and drought, with an ongoing crisis that affected 61% of the total population, which is a much higher rate than compared to other complex humanitarian crises, including Syria. Of a population of 25.9 million:
Save the Children Humanitarian Response
SCI has finalized the preparation of an Emergency Response Program. The total budget for this response plan is $12M to reach an estimated planning population of 15,000HH. The break down is based on our assumption to reach 20% of the affected community with all the sectors (WASH, Health, Nutrition, CPiE, and FSL) intervention.
Due to the ongoing conflict and violence in the country, all international staff remains evacuated from Yemen. Some Yemeni colleagues are still stranded outside Yemen, unable to return to their homes. As of May 10, five SC offices remain closed (Sana’a, Aden, Lahj, Taiz and Saada). SCI national staff are either working from home or relocated to neighboring safe places.
Insecurity linked to active conflict remains the main reason hindering our access. SC is unable to distribute essential food supplies and other NFIs stored in our warehouses due to the risk to beneficiaries and staff being collateral damage and caught in the fighting, and of our convoys being attacked. In other parts of the country less affected by the conflict, shortage and rising prices of fuel and commodities in the local markets hinders our capacity to operate. Security for storage and distribution of commodities remains a constant concern; in addition to other international agencies in the area, our office in Lahj was looted on 23 March.
Despite the ongoing conflict and shortages linked to the blockade, the SCI team continues to operate. During[f1] the week of 27 April and May 4, SCI Yemen teamYEMEN FACT SHEET ( UPDATED on May 2015 )