- OCHA Flash Update 1: Clashes in Al Bayda
- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook, October 2014
- UNICEF Situation Report, October 2014
Appeals & Funding
- Humanitarian Response Plan 2014
- Food Security Cluster Humanitarian Strategic Response Plan 2014
- Yemen ERF
According to local Government sources, clashes over the last few weeks in Al Bayda Governorate displaced roughly 2,000 families (14,000 people), of whom about 1,000 families (7,000 people) remain displaced. People reportedly fled seven villages in Wald Rabi', Al Quraishyah and Rada' Districts, mainly seeking safety in caves or neighbouring villages. Affected people primarily need food and essential items, including winter supplies and water filters. Humanitarian partners believe they can cover these needs from existing stocks and do not anticipate additional funding requirements.
Conflict has exacerbated humanitarian needs in Amran, Al Jawf, Marib and Sana’a Governorates in the reporting period.
The ERF funded 21 projects worth US$ 7.1 million, of which US$3.2 million was allocated to ten projects through a call for proposal in July. The fund has allocated a total of $14.4 million to 44 projects between 1 January and 30 September 2014.
The fund has received contributions amounting to US$14.9 million from Denmark, the United Kingdom/DFID, the Republic of Korea and Netherlands.
592 million (US$) Required
217.8 million (US$) Received (as of 1 July 2014)
Source: Financial Tracking Service (FTS)
Key achievements toward Strategic Objectives
Strategic Objective 1: Life-saving assistance
Food assistance to 3.1 million people
Water, sanitation and hygiene support to 582,000 people
Measles and polio vaccines for 4.8 million children
Malnutrition treatment for 217,000 children under five
Continuing fighting in Al Bayda and Ibb Governorates has caused limited displacement of people and shut down schools. Humanitarian access to affected areas is difficult because of security concerns. In Sana’a, recent fighting caused grave violations against children. During October, a record number of migrants from the Horn of Africa died at sea.
Fighting in Al Bayda and Ibb Governorates has had limited humanitarian impact.
Majority of local communities in Shabwah say that living conditions have deteriorated over the last year.
National levels of acute malnutrition down by 16 per cent; cases of severe acute malnutrition drop by 40 per cent.
215 people have died at sea in 2014, trying to reach Yemen from the Horn of Africa.
Background and using the report
14.7 million people, - more than half of Yemen’s population, need help – making it one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world.
Political upheaval in 2011 led to large-scale displacement, localised civil conflict, and political instability. Yemenis remain caught up in continued clashes between the national army, Al Qaeda-affiliated groups and armed tribes in many areas of the country.
The ERF allocated US$7,077,766 to 20 new projects during August and September 2014. Ten of the projects were towards high priority under-funded priorities of the 2014 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP). The other ten funded projects responded to urgent lifesaving needs due to conflict in Amran and Al Jawf Governorates, representing 54% of the ERF funds allocation made during the period.
The Humanitarian Dashboard measures progress against top-level humanitarian objectives, as defined in the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP). It briefly summarizes changes in major humanitarian needs, response and other key indicators. As of 31 August, more than 3.4 million people had been assisted, out of the 7.6 million vulnerable people targeted in the YHRP. In August, the key humanitarian response revolved around providing assistance to conflict-affected people in Amran, where conflict subsided and most IDPs returned home.
Yemen faces a large scale humanitarian emergency caused by years of under-development, poverty, lack of basic services and the absence of state authority and rule of law in many areas. At the same time, thousands of Yemeni families have had to flee their homes due to conflict this year alone. Sustainable solutions to these long-term problems require progress on political and economic reform. Meanwhile, immediate support is needed to reduce humanitarian suffering.
September saw political turmoil and an outbreak of conflict in Sana'a claiming some 274 lives and leaving 470 wounded. Beyond treating casualties, protection needs, psychosocial counselling and a need for removal of explosive remnants of war there was limited humanitarian need resulting from the conflict. Despite the uncertain political situation in Yemen there has been a marked increase in the influx of migrants and refugees from Africa - in excess of 10,500 people in August.
Heavy fighting in Sana’a in September left 274 people dead and 470 wounded.
Humanitarian impact of fighting in Sana’a is limited and those who fled the violence have returned.
Fuel subsidies partially restored, reducing prices at the pump by 23 per cent.
Fighting in Al Jawf has subsided, but IDPs yet to return home.
800,000 Yemeni girls of school- age are not enrolled in school.
People in need of humanitarian aid 14.7 m
The situation in Al Jawf Governorate and Sana'a City has been mostly calm over the last week. In Al Jawf, a tribally-mediated agreement calling for all parties to withdraw from Al Ghayl District came into force on 18 September, and no clashes have been reported since. However, IDPs have reportedly not returned home in significant numbers due to concerns that fighting could resume. About 1,200 IDP families (8,400 people) in Al Jawf are receiving basic assistance from humanitarian partners.
On 18 September, clashes erupted in Sana’a between Al Houthi militants, Government forces and pro-Government armed groups, following weeks of Al Houthi protests in the city. Fighting continued as of 21 September, mainly in the northern half of the city. However, UN DSS reported shelling from Army positions in Faj Attan around noon on 21 September, indicating that conflict may be expanding south.