Yemen Crisis

Already one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, violence in Yemen has now severely compounded problems arising from long years of poverty and insecurity. With no political solution in sight, the situation is rapidly deteriorating, resulting in widespread causalities and massive displacement.

Without help, millions of lives will be lost to violence, treatable illnesses or lack of food, water and shelter. The conflict has left over 20 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, and 2.2 million people have been forced from their homes.

Yemeni people are facing desperate conditions and struggling to survive as they search for safety, shelter and emergency aid.

million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian assistance


of displaced Yemenis have been out of home for over a year

thousand people have been killed or injured as a result of the conflict since 2016

What is UNHCR doing to help vulnerable Yemenis?

We are providing life-saving aid to displaced Yemenis, as well as to refugees and asylum-seekers, across the country.

Under the humanitarian coordination system in Yemen, UNHCR is leading in the provision of protection, shelter and non-food items, mattresses, blankets, sleeping mats, kitchen sets, buckets and more. Our assistance has reached people in need in all 20 governorates affected by the conflict.

UNHCR delivers shelter kits help families repair homes damaged in the conflict, and we refurbish public buildings and settlements that now host displaced families. We also support health facilities that serve refugees, asylum-seekers and Yemenis affected by violence, and we work to prevent and control the spread of cholera, which has arisen as a result of the conflict.

We are providing legal and financial assistance as well as psychological support services to help those affected by the conflict. We are also continuing to protect and support more than 280,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, mainly from the Horn of Africa, who remain in Yemen despite the conflict and are particularly at risk.

thousand families received cash assistance and rental subsidies

thousand Yemenis have been provided with core relief items and emergency shelter kits in 2018

refugee children in Kharaz camp were enrolled in schools in 2017

Update from the Field

UNHCR is observing a surge in protection needs as a result of ongoing hostilities, particularly within the Governorate of Al-Hudaydah. UNHCR identified a series of protection needs requiring urgent attention. Most prominent among them are the specific needs of children who may be separated from their families, and women, who may be at high risk of sexual harassment and violence either during flight or when living in overcrowded settings. Another common concern is the loss of livelihoods, exacerbated by a decline in purchasing power due to increasing food prices and the decline in value of the Yemeni currency, the Riyal.

We are working with partners to provide urgent cash assistance and psychological support to families in the region in Al-Hudaydah, reaching 100,000 people so far in 2018.

Send urgent relief to Yemeni families in need

Escalating conflict is endangering our capacity to provide ongoing life-saving relief into the new year. Without help, many more lives will be lost to violence, treatable illnesses or lack of food, water and shelter.

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UNHCR can deploy humanitarian aid and expert response teams within 72 hours of a large-scale emergency to jump-start relief and protection assistance for more than 600,000 newly displaced people.