Emergency in Yemen

The humanitarian situation in Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries, is alarming. Humanity & Inclusion is on the ground helping victims and ensuring that vital aid reaches the people who need it most.

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Humanity & Inclusion in Yemen 

Humanity & Inclusion has 124 staff members working in Yemen to support vulnerable populations and people with disabilities, as well as those injured in the regional conflict that started in March 2015. The organization also supports NGOs to better include people with disabilities in emergency response.

Read our June 2020 report on the legacy of explosive weapons in Yemen and how these indiscriminate weapons damage infrastructure & impact civilian lives for decades to come.

Read the latest facts and figures report from Yemen (January 2020)

Areas of Intervention

  • Relief for victims of conflict
  • Orthopedic fitting and rehabilitation
  • Inclusion of vulnerable people in emergency response 
  • Mine and explosive remnants of war risk education

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 the most vulnerable people - including injured people and people with disabilities - and meeting the most urgent needs, as close as possible to the front lines.

The organization currently works in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, mainly in Sana’a and in Aden, where teams directly intervene to meet the urgent needs through an integrated approach on physical rehabilitation and psychosocial support - including the distribution of rehabilitation materials - to the people with injuries or disabilities caused by the conflict. Humanity & Inclusion also delivers training and awareness-raising sessions to physical therapists and other medical staff working on rehabilitation care and managing war injuries. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, Humanity & Inclusion works through remote follow-up of patients to ensure rehabilitation services continue safely.

Humanity & Inclusion also supports other humanitarian organizations working in Yemen to ensure that vulnerable people - particularly people with disabilities, isolated people, women, elderly people or children - are better included in humanitarian interventions. Humanity & Inclusion also raises the awareness of staff members of various NGOs to the risks linked to the presence of explosive devices and mines.

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Following its reunification in 1991, Yemen has been subject to chronic political instability and a catastrophic economic situation. But 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. The war has since taken root, becoming one of the worst crises on the world with at least 100,000 people killed; leaving Yemen heavily contaminated by improvised explosive devices and mines.

Essential infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed by the violence of the fighting and bombing raids. More than half of the country's health facilities are not operational.

The main victims of this generalized violence are civilians: 24.3 million people require humanitarian aid and more than 3 million are still displaced due to the violence. The conflict zones are suffering from food insecurity, exacerbated by the blockade imposed by the coalition. Humanitarian organizations continue to experience challenges working in the country.

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