HI works in Yemen to support people with disabilities as well as those injured in the regional conflict, which has affected the country since March 2015. The organization also supports NGOs to better serve people with disabilities in the emergency response.
Injured after a bombing on her hometown, Bushra, pictured here, was provided with a walker and psychosocial support sessions. | © HI
Since its return to Yemen in 2014, Humanity & Inclusion has been implementing actions to mitigate the impact of the crisis affecting the whole country, focusing on people with disabilities or injuries and meeting the most urgent needs, as close as possible to the frontlines.
The organization currently works in hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Sana’a, Hajjah, Aden Lajih, and Taizz governorates. Teams provide physical rehabilitation and psychosocial support to people injured or left behind by the conflict. HI also delivers training and awareness-raising sessions to physical therapists and other medical staff working on rehabilitation care and treating war injuries.
HI supports humanitarian organizations working in Yemen to ensure that people with disabilities and individuals living in situations of vulnerability are better taken into account within the humanitarian interventions and are not left out. HI also raises the awareness of people to the risks linked to the presence of explosive devices and mines.
Following its reunification in 1991, Yemen has been subject to chronic political instability and a catastrophic economic situation. Since 2011, the country has experienced a new spiral of violence which has culminated in a civil war opposing diverse political factions.
This conflict has become particularly violent following March 2015 and the military intervention of a coalition of Arab countries in the country. The war has since taken root, becoming one of the worst crises on the world with at least 100,000 people who have been killed; leaving Yemen on its knees and heavily contaminated by improvised explosive devices and mines.
Essential infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed by the violence of the fighting and bombing raids; and more than half of the country's health facilities are no longer operational.
The main victims of this generalized violence are the civilian populations: over 20 million people require humanitarian aid. Among them, 16 million Yemenis are food insecure; and over 4 million are displaced due to the violence. Humanitarian organizations continue to experience very severe difficulties working in the country.
Number of HI staff members: 127
Program launch date: 2014