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East Africa and Yemen Hunger Crisis

The Situation

The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate with fuel shortages, rising food prices and a severe lack of basic services- making daily survival a painful struggle for millions. The conflict between a Saudi-led coalition of Gulf countries and the Government of Yemen against the Ansar-Allah movement (also known as the Houthis), escalated in March 2015, causing more than 54,000 deaths and injuries. 

Over three million people have been forced to flee their homes due to the bombing and fighting. Nearly 22 million people– 75 per cent of Yemen's population– need emergency aid. More than half of the population - 17 million people - require help with food.

Yemen is facing the world’s worst ever recorded cholera outbreak, which has spread to nearly every corner of the war-ravaged country. More than 1 million cases have been reported and over 2,200 people have died since the start of the epidemic. Many more are now at risk, already weakened by hunger and the effects of the ongoing war.

How Oxfam is Helping

We are delivering essential aid in the north and south of the country and have reached 2.8 million people across the frontlines, since July 2015. In response to the cholera outbreak, we have directly supported more than 430,000 people from four governorates in coordination with other international agencies. 

Help has included:

  • Cash payments to more than 270,000 people to help families displaced by the conflict to buy food.
  • Clean water and sanitation services for more than one million people, including in hard-to-reach areas of the country, through providing water by truck, repairing water systems, delivering filters and jerry cans, as well as building latrines.
  • Conducting public health campaigns to raise awareness about the measures individuals can take at the household level to prevent and treat cholera.