Emergency in Yemen
The humanitarian situation in Yemen is alarming. The conflict and the blockade imposed in November 2017 by the coalition led by Saudi Arabia has had devastating effects on the people in Yemen. Join us in supporting the victims of this devastating conflict.
In Yemen, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
HI operated in Yemen from the early 2000s up to 2012, focusing on physical rehabilitation. Our mission has grown since returning in 2014. Today, we provide direct services to individuals affected by the ongoing conflict, particularly people with disabilities, through rehabilitation care and psychosocial support at eight public health facilities in and around Sana’a city. HI employs 61 staff members in Yemen.
After decades of instability and unrest, Yemen’s situation has further worsened in the recent years due to the decaying economy, and the lack of political stability. In 2011, in the wake of the Arab Spring, long-time president Ali Abdullah Saleh had to step down after massive demonstrations, and was replaced by Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. President Hadi was forced out of power after the uprising of Houthi militias, which took Sana’a from government forces in December 2014. Since then, the country has been facing a cycle of violence which culminated in March 2015, with the military intervention of an Arab-countries coalition aimed at reinstating president Hadi.
Yemen is currently facing one of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, the world’s largest man-made food security crisis, a wide spread cholera epidemic, and was placed among the worst seven countries in the Malnutrition Mapping Worldwide. As a logical consequence of the Yemeni volatile environment, humanitarian access to the population in need is hindered by high probable threats of collateral damages due to bombing and terrorist attacks. Besides, humanitarian organizations responding to the crisis in Yemen face a number of specific supply chain challenges that impede their ability to deliver relief items. The blockade has also prevented from humanitarian access numerous humanitarian actors for weeks, hence aggravating the struggle of the population.
Fixed and mobile disability teams provide rehabilitation to people with disabilities and those injured in conflict, as well as mobility devices, orthoses and prostheses, and psychosocial support. Staff provide physical therapy to people who have had limbs amputated and need to learn to use artificial limbs, as well as people with injuries such as complex fractures that could result in a permanent disability due to prolonged periods of inactivity.
HI is providing help to survivors of landmines and explosive remnants of war, people with disabilities, including refugees, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable groups.
Our teams are providing food security in Yemen through the provision of multipurpose cash grants.
Risk education teams them people in Yemen about the dangers posed by explosive remnants of war. In particular, children are taught how to identify and avoid ordnance.