Yemen

Aaliyah, a 7-year-old IDP, fetches clean water from a newly rehabilitated water.
Aaliyah, a 7-year-old internally displaced person (IDP), fetches clean water from a newly rehabilitated water point funded by USAID/OFDA and installed by partner ADRA in Sana’a Governorate, Yemen.
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)

Key Developments

UN-led peace negotiations between Republic of Yemen Government, Al Houthi, and other stakeholder delegations began on April 21 following the delayed arrival of Al Houthi and allied representatives to Kuwait, the UN reports. UN representatives are working to address outstanding concerns among the parties and continue to emphasize the need for a peaceful resolution to the current conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Parties to the conflict began a cessation of hostilities on April 10, more than one week ahead of the renewed peace negotiations. The agreement continues to hold in many areas despite reports of intermittent clashes in some governorates, including Al Jawf, Marib, Sana’a, and Ta’izz, among other areas, according to international media.

Heavy rainfall and floods from April 13–14 resulted in at least 24 deaths, affected an estimated 49,000 people, and damaged agriculture, livelihoods, homes, roads, and water infrastructure across seven Yemeni governorates. Humanitarian agencies are assessing needs among flood-affected populations, and at least 10 response organizations are coordinating with local authorities to address key needs, including safe drinking water and food, health, livelihoods, shelter, sanitation, and other emergency relief assistance.

There is an increased presence of desert locusts in areas of central and eastern Yemen following higher than average rainfall since November 2015. Food security and agriculture actors are conducting assessments and preparing response interventions as, in the coming months, infestations are projected to increase due to the recent rainfall and to continue moving inland from the southern coast.

 


HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO YEMEN IN FY 2016*

USAID/OFDA

$22,135,071

USAID/FFP

$105,025,450

State/PRM

$11,750,000

Total U.S. Government Assistance to Yemen and Neighboring Countries

$138,910,521

*These figures are current as of April 28, 2016

Background

Since 2004, conflict between the RoYG and al-Houthi opposition forces has affected more than 1 million people and repeatedly displaced populations in northern Yemen. In the wake of the Arab Spring, increased fighting between RoYG military forces and tribal and militant groups further limited the capacity of the RoYG to provide basic services, exacerbated deteriorating humanitarian conditions among impoverished populations, and resulted in displacement in northern, central, and southern Yemen.

More recently, rising fuel and food prices, high levels of unemployment, conflict, and conflict-related displacement have left nearly half of Yemen’s 24.8 million people food insecure, of which 1 million children suffer from acute malnutrition—the second-highest child malnutrition level in the world. Although overall improvement in the security situation in southern Yemen since 2011 has facilitated the return of more than 150,000 IDPs to areas of origin since July 2012, Yemen hosts an increasing number of migrants and refugees—242,000, the majority from the Horn of Africa—who are also in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Last updated: April 29, 2016

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