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Yemen

Khulood lived with her grandmother and father in Haradh area, which was subjected to heavy aerial bombardment that destroyed many facilities in the area. Khulood’s Grandmother reported that several people from her neighborhood have lost their lives due to cholera. Photo: Gabreez

Yemen is caught in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and on the verge of famine after three years of war and a de facto blockade have pushed food and fuel prices out of reach.

Relentless fighting is leaving people without clean water, food, hospitals, and schools.

There are already a shocking 17.8 million people—60 percent of the population—who don’t know where they’ll get their next meal, with 6.8 million facing extreme hunger. More than three million people have fled their homes, and  nearly 19 million people  are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Since April 2017, there have been more than one million suspected cases of cholera, and at least 2,263 deaths from this preventable disease as a direct result of conflict. This is the largest and fastest-spreading cholera outbreak in recorded history.

Since July 2015, Oxfam and our partners have reached 2.8 million people with assistance including water and sanitation services, cash assistance, and food vouchers.

In response to the cholera outbreak, Oxfam is delivering water, sanitation, and hygiene to help prevent the spread of the disease.


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Crisis in Yemen: Reflections on the world’s largest humanitarian emergency

Oxfam America President and CEO Abby Maxman just returned from visiting staff and partners in Yemen, where more than three years of war have created near-famine conditions and triggered the largest and fastest-spreading cholera outbreak in recorded history. These are her reflections from her time spent on the ground.

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Oxfam is helping nearly two million people in hunger-ravaged countries, including Yemen, providing families with desperately needed food, clean drinking water, and sanitation. But we need to scale up those efforts, and we urgently need your support to help save lives.

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