On 31 August, the UNHCR Representative in Yemen, Mr. Johannes Van Der Klaauw, in his capacity as Humanitarian Coordinator, issued a statement calling for safe passage to Taizz and for a humanitarian window to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the conflict.
UNHCR is leading a joint UN mission to Aden to re-establish international UN presence in the south of Yemen.
The extraordinary contribution of US$500 million from the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to relief operations in Iraq in June 2014 came at a time of increasing population displacements and unprecedented humanitarian needs. The contribution represented more than 60 per cent of humanitarian funding received last year for Iraq— more than all other donors combined—and covered nearly half of the relief requirements in the country.
The eleventh Saudi relief plane arrived today at Aden International Airport carrying 11 tons of medical supplies. The relief aid comes from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.
The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center set up a temporary camp for displaced people in Al Abr District, 97 kilometers south of Al-Wadeiah Border Crossing. The camp will provide full services to meet the need for stranded people, including electricity, air conditioning, and drinking water. As many as 3,000 Yemenis have benefited from the camp so far.
August 2015 – Trends
- Deteriorated situations
Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen
- Improved situations
Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka
September 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen
Conflict resolution opportunities
Today the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl, signed into agreement the first two components of a newly concluded $35 million projects package. The two components, worth $19.5 million, were signed with His Excellency Eng. Yousef Ibrahim Al Bassam, the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD).
The tenth Saudi relief plane arrived today at Aden International Airport carrying 10 tons of medical equipment and supplies. The relief aid comes from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.
Saudi Ambassador to Niger Turki bin Nagi Al-Ali handed over 100 tons of dates to Niger’s Food Crisis.
SANA'A, 27 August 2015
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is pleased to announce the signing of a Cost-Sharing Agreement with the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center to improve food security in crisis-affected communities in Yemen and to support the protection of human rights in the country. The agreement was signed in Riyadh on 27 August 2015 and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center will contribute $1,743,200 for three months duration. This is part of the broader contribution from Saudi Arabia to the UN Flash Appeal.
On 14 August, the Task Force on Population Movements (TFPM), a technical working group ofthe Protection Cluster and co-led by IOM and UNHCR, released the 4th report on population movement figures in Yemen. The new internally displaced persons (IDPs) figure now stands at 1,439,118 individuals.
On 17 August, due to the increasing threat of clashes in the area, UNHCR’s partner the Yemen Red Crescent suspended reception and monitoring activities in Bab-el-Mandeb.
From 5 to 7 August, UNHCR led a joint mission with UNDSS and WFP to Aden to assess the feasibility of re-establishing UN offices in Aden.
Saudi Arabia this week communicated to UNRWA that it has approved an assistance package worth US$ 35 million dollars. The majority will be spent on education and health in Gaza, on upgrading schools and health centres in Jordan, on the construction of three health centres in the West Bank and on maintaining buildings across the areas where UNRWA operates. It is estimated that US$ 19 million will contribute to reducing the current financial deficit of US$101 million in UNRWA’s General Fund for core services such as education and health.
By Katie Riordan
HARGEISA, 11 August 2015 (IRIN) - Qader and Abdi are two weeks into their journey. Carrying only one empty plastic water bottle each, flattened, with no liquid to return it to its cylindrical shape, the two men figure they will be walking for another month-and-a-half before they reach the sea. From there, they will take a smuggler boat the short distance to Yemen, where another 600-kilometre walk lies ahead before they may reach their final destination, Saudi Arabia.
By Jane Hunter on 10 Aug 2015
A mosque in Kuwait. A market in Cameroon. A rally for young activists in Turkey. All of these were torn apart by suicide bombers this year in what looks set to become the worst year ever for this vicious form of attack.
Between January and July of this year, over 5,000 civilians have been killed and injured by suicide bombings globally. This is a 45% increase from the same period in 2014, which saw 3,463 civilian casualties.
- Yemen: The UNHCR Representative in his capacity as the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) undertook a day mission to Aden on 26 July where he witnessed the devastation caused by the conflict.
Departures from Yemen
GENEVA, Aug 4 (UNHCR) – Almost 100,000 people have fled Yemen since conflict erupted there in late March, but the UN refugee agency warned on Tuesday that its regional response to help receiving countries cope with the outflow was seriously hampered by under-funding.
UNHCR said that overall only one-fifth of its funding needs had been met. In Somalia, where over 28,000 people have arrived, just five percent of the required funding, estimated at US $64 million, has been received.
The Saudi National Campaign to Support Syrian Brothers funded medical centers in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan provided psychological services to about 1,400 Syrian patients per week.
The Psychological Support Unit of the Saudi Specialized Clinics treats 1,400 patients suffering from depression, after shock, phobia, and all other types of psychological problems. In addition, more than 2700 refugees benefitted from the Saudi Vaccine Program during the first half of 2015.