Yemen is world’s largest humanitarian crisis today and being neglected.
Afflicted by widespread hunger, disease and displacement, Yemen’s dire humanitarian crisis is expected to worsen in the coming months, international aid organization say.
Caught between a protracted war and economic collapse, at least 24.1 million people – 80% of the population – needing humanitarian aid and protection, according to The United Nations.
More than four million internally displaced people in Yemen, 79% are women and children. There were 63,096 individuals (10,516 families) newly displaced in 2021 alone. Most displaced people have been away from home for more than 2 years, moving again and again. They are exhausted and extremely vulnerable.
Though the UN considers Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, a recent pledging conference failed to raise enough money to prevent further catastrophe.
Earlier this year the World Food Programme was forced to reduce food rations for eight million people, due to their own funding shortages.
It predicts 19 million Yemenis will go hungry in the coming months, while more than 160,000 of them will face famine-like conditions by June. Food prices have doubled across much of Yemen in the past year, and with the reduced supplies of wheat from Ukraine, caused by the current war there, are likely to push hunger levels in Yemen even higher. Yemen’s food supplies are mostly imported and the country obtains about a third of its wheat from Ukraine.
The UN estimated that by the end of 2022, the conflict in Yemen would have caused over 377,000 deaths, with 60% of them the result of hunger, lack of healthcare and unsafe water.
It says more than 10,200 children are known to have been killed or wounded as a direct result of the fighting.
Yemen has also suffered from one of the largest cholera outbreaks ever recorded, with 2.5 million suspected cases and about 4,000 related deaths since 2016.
The crisis in Yemen bleeds far beyond the conflict itself. Intense deprivation and lack of services create new and spiraling crises every year.