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22 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanitarian community augments response during five-day pause in hostilities; conflict and resource constraints limit operations

  • Figures of fatalities, injuries, and IDPs since March 26 significantly increase

  • Re-animating commercial shipping to Yemen remains essential to averting a comprehensive humanitarian catastrophe

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

22 May 2015 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On May 22(Friday), the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of 2.4 million US dollars (approximately 290 million Japanese yen) through the International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC), International Organization of Migration (IOM) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to support internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen and Yemeni refugees in Djibouti and Somalia, etc. in the area of medical care, foods and non-food materials, and the evacuation of foreign nationals from Yemen.

21 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

· The five day humanitarian pause from 12-17 May enabled UNICEF and partners to reach 1.2 million people with safe drinking water and provide 1,750 pregnant women with antenatal care.

· UNICEF prepositioned and distributed health supplies for 400,000 people, nutrition supplies for 7,500 children and WASH supplies for nearly 85,000 people.

· During the humanitarian pause, 18,500 people including 11,500 children were reached with Psychosocial Support and/or Mine Risk Education.

21 May 2015 description

The European Commission is giving €5.1 million in humanitarian funding for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to respond to the crisis in Yemen. This will allow essential supplies to be delivered to populations facing a massive shortage of humanitarian assistance because of the volatile security context.

21 May 2015 description
report Kuwait News Agency

RIYADH, May 20 (KUNA) ­­ The first Kuwaiti shipment of relief aid has been delivered to the Yemeni people, said a Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) official on Wednesday.

The shipment consists of 40 tons of medical supplies, said Khaled Al­Mutairi, in charge of emergency and disaster relief aid at KRCS, in a phone call to KUNA from the town of Shurora in south of Saudi Arabia.

20 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

· The first 32 refugees, fleeing war-torn Yemen, arrive on Somalia’s northern coastline, reversing a decades-old trend which saw Somalis seeking safety in Yemen.

· UNICEF provides multi-sectoral response to population displacement caused by fighting in Guri Ceel and Galgala; the response includes provision of nutritional supplies, educational supplies for the out-of-school children, WASH emergency supplies and Family Relief Kits.

20 May 2015 description

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Wednesday 5/20/2015 - 16:47 GMT

by Jamal al-Jabiri

The United Nations announced Wednesday a date for its conference on Yemen, where Saudi-led warplanes have intensified raids against rebels in a conflict that has displaced half a million people.

But Yemen's government-in-exile swiftly demanded a pullback of the Iran-backed Shiite rebels from seized territory as a precondition to joining the talks set for May 28 in Geneva.

19 May 2015 description

Djibouti, 18 May 2015 – The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) will ship 2400 food boxes to the people of Yemen, where violent clashes and internal strifes led to major humanitarian consequences. The materials have an estimated market value of $150,000.

AFAD humanitarian workers, who are currently stationed in Djibouti, are working closely with the United Nations and local authorities to ensure that the humanitarian aid will be delivered in a coordinated manner.

17 May 2015 description

5/17/2015 - 08:17 GMT

An Iranian aid ship bound for Yemen in defiance of US warnings has entered the Gulf of Aden and is expected to reach port on Thursday, media reported.

The vessel, the Iran Shahed, is carrying 2,500 tonnes of aid including flour, rice, canned food, medical supplies and bottled water, all urgently needed in the conflict-wracked and impoverished state. 

But the ship's mission has been overshadowed by US calls for it to head to a UN emergency relief hub in Djibouti instead of docking in the Yemeni port of Hodeida.

15 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

· Despite the challenging operating conditions, UNICEF is scaling up its humanitarian response. Since the start of the current conflict, UNICEF has provided 604,360 people with access to clean water and 16,662 families with hygiene kits; 3,386 pregnant women have had access to antenatal, delivery and postnatal care; and 38,000 people have been reached through communication for development messages on health, hygiene and protection.

15 May 2015 description
  • Seven weeks into this recent conflict, the humanitarian situation is portrayed as catastrophic by humanitarian agencies. Yemen is running out of essential supplies and fuel. Basic public services are reaching the breaking point and inability to import food could soon lead to a major food crisis.

14 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • 689,107 Total number of refugees

  • 34,752 Number of Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Children

  • 50.2% Percentage of women and girls

  • 53.4% Percentage of children

13 May 2015 description

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Wednesday 5/13/2015 - 10:14 GMT

King Salman doubled Saudi Arabia's Yemen aid commitment to $540 million on Wednesday, the first day of a humanitarian pause in a bombing campaign it has led against neighbouring rebels.

"We announce that we are setting aside one billion riyals ($266 million) for aid and humanitarian operations... in addition to more than one billion riyals ($274 million) we had already pledged," the official Saudi Press Agency quoted the king as saying.

13 May 2015 description

Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Wednesday 5/13/2015 - 14:49 GMT

by Jamal al-Jabiri with Fawaz al-Haidari in Taez

Aid agencies began delivering help to desperate civilians Wednesday as a five-day ceasefire took hold in Yemen after nearly seven weeks of Saudi-led air strikes against Iran-backed rebels.

The five-day humanitarian pause -- which began at 11:00 pm (2000 GMT) on Tuesday -- is the first break in the air war in support of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi since its launch on March 26 and has strong backing from Washington.

13 May 2015 description

Tehran, May 12, IRNA - The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin said the UN agency is ready to forward the food and medical relief consignments of Iran for the war-hit people of Yemen.

In a telephone talk with Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Tuesday, she said WFP is continuing its humanitarian operation in Yemen despite all problems and is ready to increae its work by setting up a joint team with Iran.

13 May 2015 description
report Irish Aid

Yemen is facing a growing humanitarian crisis, as violence continues to threaten people’s livelihoods and their access to basic services. Irish Aid has been responding to the many problems facing Yemen’s vulnerable population.