A humanitarian crisis
people – 66% of the population – need humanitarian assistance
people are food insecure
people have difficulty accessing clean water
people are displaced from their homes
The social and economic collapse of Yemen
Yemen is dependent on imports, importing 90% of basic food products, which are no longer available. These imports are seriously disrupted by the fighting and the blockade imposed in 2017 by the international coalition led by Saudi Arabia.
What goods do make it to market are unaffordable due to rampant inflation. The price of food, for example, doubled between 2015 and 2019 and continued to rise through 2020, according to the United Nations. Covid-19 led to a drop in remittances, a lifeline for many families living below the poverty line.
Most salaries are no longer being paid. Teachers, medical staff, administrative staff, and others, no longer have the means to support themselves. Most of them refuse to work voluntarily, which causes services to collapse. Fighting and destruction of public infrastructure mean that 50% of health facilities can no longer function.