Following years of conflict, Yemen is facing economic collapse and one of the most serious cholera epidemics in recorded history. High inflation and a restrictions on food and fuel imports, combined with a nearly complete breakdown of the country’s health institutions, have pushed the country to the verge of famine.
Nearly three quarters of Yemen’s 30 million population is in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN. The organization further reports that total suspected cholera and acute watery diarrhea cases between 2017 and 2018 number more than 1.2 million, with more than 2,500 deaths (30 percent of which were children under the age of 5).
Innocent people continue to die in shelling and air strikes: Between August 1 and mid-October 2018, at least 575 civilians were killed in fighting, or one every three hours.
How we're responding
Oxfam has provided humanitarian assistance to more than three million people in Yemen – more than one million of them in just the last six months.
- Providing clean water and hygiene items like soap, proper latrines, and training in ways to avoid cholera and other water-borne diseases. Oxfam is helping repair water systems and trucking water to help displaced people and other at-risk communities.
- Cash to help people buy food, which has become expensive due to high inflation and import restrictions.
- Job training and other support to help people make a decent living: Oxfam is helping people with agricultural inputs and assistance for entrepreneurs to start small businesses sewing and selling clothing and opening small shops.
- Advocating for peace: Oxfam is calling for a ceasefire, negotiations to end the conflict, respect for international humanitarian law, and unrestricted imports so that Yemenis can access food, fuel, and other humanitarian aid.
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