Yemen, which is one of poorest countries in the Arab world, remains in the grip of a humanitarian crisis caused by the ongoing conflict between forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those connected to the Houthi rebel movement. Thousands have lost their lives as a result of the unrest, and many more have been injured.
One charity that is raising money to help those affected by the civil war is Human Appeal International. Here, we take a look at some of the information provided by the organisation on the ongoing crisis, and what it is doing to help.
‘Misery and desperation’
On its website, Human Appeal notes that the conflict has further damaged the economy and infrastructure of this already poor country. According to the charity, the situation is one of “misery and desperation” for the millions of innocent civilians trying to get on with their lives across the country.
It also suggests that a lack of news coverage on the unfolding crisis in Yemen has had an adverse impact on the level of aid being delivered to its people.
Human Appeal cites United Nations figures that reveal over 10,000 people have been killed since the conflict started in 2015 and a further 40,000 have been wounded or injured. More broadly, as many as eight in 10 people in Yemen are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Over 14 million people are living in severe food insecurity, with seven million unsure where their next meals will come from. It is thought that over three million children, lactating mothers and pregnant women are suffering from acute malnourishment.
The civil war has severely disrupted agricultural production, which is an industry that usually employs around half of the country’s population. The fishing industry has been hit too. The number of fishermen operating has dropped by nearly half. Food imports have also been slashed.
Human Appeal goes on to highlight the fact that people are struggling to access safe drinking water. Currently, more than 14 million people are without this necessity. Roughly the same number are without basic healthcare because medical facilities have been destroyed or damaged. Only one in four health clinics in the county is still functioning.
Call to action
Human Appeal is calling for donations to help it provide aid for the people in Yemen, stating on its website that we can’t stand by and watch the suffering continue.
As well as taking donations, the charity has a list of fundraising events on its site that people can get involved in over the coming months, from 10k runs, half marathons and marathons to mountain treks. If you want to find out more about these Human Appeal events or make a donation, you can visit its website.