The world’s worst humanitarian crisis is taking place is Yemen.
As the conflict enters its fourth year, three-quarters of the population – more than 22 million people, nearly three quarters of the population, 11.3 million are children – need humanitarian assistance and protection. The crisis affects nearly every child in Yemen.
For the reason of safety, more than 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes since the conflict. The only option for some is to find refuge in dirty makeshift camps where basic services are virtually non-existent.
The worst famine in the world for decades, according to the United Nations has literally ‘swept away’ 8.4 million people in Yemen as a result of Yemen’s civil war. About 1 million people have been infected by a cholera epidemic. Up to December 2017, 2,200 cholera related deaths have been confirmed by the World Health Organisation
The humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick said, medicines, food and fuel supplies are limited as a result of the blockade placed on ports.
$638 million in humanitarian assistance had been provided to Yemen in 2017 by the United States according to US officials.
Yemen’s war is often called a silent war because Western journalists have been prevented from obtaining access and there is little coverage of the humanitarian crisis.
130 children are dying per day according to Save the Children.
A joint statement from the heads of the World Food Program reads,
“Together, we issue another urgent appeal for the coalition to permit entry of lifesaving supplies to Yemen in response to what is now the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,”
“The supplies, which include medicines, vaccines and food, are essential to staving off disease and starvation. Without them, untold thousands of innocent victims, among them many children, will die.”
One child younger than 5 years of age dies in Yemen from preventable disease every 10 minutes reports The International Rescue Committee.
In the ancient times, Yemen was one of the most important trading hubs between Asia and Africa. However, in modern times, Yemen is the poorest nation in the Middle East.
The most recent trouble started in 2014. Parts of the Yemeni military allied with the Houthis rebels from the north, stormed the capital, forcing the government of Yemen into exile.
In 2015, an air campaign led by Saudi Arabia involving a coalition of Arab states devastated much of the country of Yemen. 15,467 civilian casualties in the war have been documented by the United Nations as of February 2018.
4,500 airstrikes have targeted essential infrastructures such as transportation, electric, gas facilities. Another 68 strikes hit hospitals and health clinics and 342 on educational buildings. When local health services are suspended, treatable illnesses become a death sentence. Children grow sick as their mothers watch helplessly.
The bombing campaign has completely destroyed the country’s ability provide safe drinking water.
8 million people have been pushed to the threshold of starvation.
Civilians have been facing unexploded ordnance, snipers, bombing, cross-fire indiscriminate attacks, rape, kidnapping, and arbitrary detention.
2.96 billion is required for the Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen in 2018. The 2018 Response Plan requires full funding in order to meet the scale of suffering.
The United Nations and its partners are ready to expand their support on the ground, but they need resources.
Your support can be a lifeline. You have the power to make a difference. You can help suffering children and families on the brink of starvation by making a donation through IHO Global’s Disaster Relief Fund https://www.ihoglobal.org.au/disaster-relief/