Yemen Country Acceleration Plan 2019

Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Yemen has been in armed conflict since March 2015, with devastating impact on the population. The on-going conflict has caused insecurity, severe economic decline and chronic under development that continue to widen the humanitarian crises in the country.

Some 22.2 million people, i.e. 75% of the population are in need of humanitarian assistance. 17.8 million people are food insecure and 8.4 million people do not know how they will obtain their next meal. Conflict, protracted displacement, disease and deprivation continue to inflict suffering upon the country’s population. Well over 28,000 Yemenis have been either killed or injured since 2015. The UN has documented 9,500 civilian deaths’, the majority from airstrikes.

An estimated 2 million people have been displaced from their original communities, due to the conflict.

The fighting in Al-Hudaydah in mid-2018 has caused massive displacement across 21 governorates. The conflict has pushed people into poverty and deeply diminished people’s self-reliance and livelihoods. This has increased the poor population to 79% compared to 49% in 2017.

However, despite an extremely difficult operating environment, some 156 international and national partners have actively been coordinating to assist people with the most acute needs in priority districts across Yemen’s 22 governorates. Together they have assisted over 7.4 million people monthly with some form of humanitarian assistance. However, all organisations face movement restrictions of staff and supplies—worsening the situation for the Yemeni people. Overall humanitarian efforts to access affected populations of displaced and host populations remains a challenge.

However, despite the challenges, the Yemen Red Crescent (YRCS) enjoys privileged access in most of the country and remains neutral and impartial to the conflict.