By Ansar Rasheed
In May 2015, while hostilities escalated in Yemen, 16-year-old Ahmed was conscripted to fight with one of the parties to the conflict. After months of being on the frontlines, he fled and returned home. Now he’s resuming his education and working hard to catch up on the schooling he missed.
Fairfield, Conn. (July 22, 2016) —The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is worsening by the day, with the latest statistics revealing more than 14 million people are in desperate need of food.
One in three Yemeni children under five – approximately 1.3 million – are suffering from acute malnutrition.
Nine governorates are now in a state of emergency, just one step away from being declared a 'famine', including the besieged city of Taiz and the major port city of Al Hodeidah.
In the absence of a political solution, violations and abuses continue to occur in the context of widespread insecurity and in disregard of international humanitarian and human rights law. Yemen’s economy is now near collapse following 16 months of conflict and import and export restrictions.
Yemen - IOM evacuation operations out of Yemen resumed this week (13 July) with the voluntary return of 150 Ethiopian vulnerable migrants from Hodeidah, western Yemen, back to Ethiopia via Obock port, Djibouti.
The group, which was comprised of 61 children (7 girls and 54 boys), most of whom were unaccompanied children and 83 females in total, included six medical cases and a pregnant woman.
Since the beginning of the crisis, IOM has assisted over 73,000 IDPs in Abyan, Aden, Al Dhale’e, Hadhramaut, Hajjah, Lahj, Al Mahrah, Sa’adah, Shabwah, Socotra and Taizz governorates with shelter and non-food item support.
In June, 773 migrants living with foster families or hosted at IOM’s Migrant Response Points in Al Hudaydah and Sana’a received daily food assistance from IOM. Since March 2015, IOM has provided nearly 8,000 migrants in Aden, Al Hudaydah, and Sana’a with daily food assistance.
- Peace negotiations resume in Kuwait following two-week consultation phase.
- Fuel imports decrease in June, fulfill only 25 percent of monthly needs.
- Relief organizations continue to report security concerns, particularly in Aden and Ta’izz.
- UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and Yemeni delegates resumed Kuwait-based peace negotiations on July 16; the resumption follows a consultative period between July 1 and 15 that allowed delegations to meet with respective leaders and the UN …
Life before displacement was already hard for the people of Yemen, with major underdevelopment, financial crisis, and poverty. The escalation of the conflict, over one year ago however has forced 2.1 million people to leave behind the one place where they found peace and calm: home.
Based on a request by the Government, the ILO, in collaboration with the Yemeni Central Statistical Organization (CSO), has conducted a rapid assessment survey to assess the impact of the crisis on employment in Sana'a, Aden and Al Hodeidah using samples extracted from the 2013–14 Labour Force Survey. The rapid assessment focuses specifically on (a) the impact of the crisis on employment status, (b) vulnerability profiles, and (c) the coping strategies of individuals and households.
The Logistics Cluster is supporting the humanitarian community in Yemen with logistics coordination, information management and common logistics services to improve the overall response operation. Activated in 2010, the Logistics Cluster scaled up its activities since the deteriorationof the situationin mid-March 2015.
Coordination and Information Management (IM)
A joint statement from the Governments of the UK, USA, Saudi Arabia and UAE following a meeting about the situation in Yemen
The Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom, USA, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates met on 19 July in London to review the situation in Yemen, following the resumption of UN led-peace talks in Kuwait on 16 July.
The crisis in Yemen has taken a heavy toll on the country’s children, with thousands killed and thousands more at risk of disease and malnutrition.
All World Bank Group operations in Yemen were suspended when the conflict worsened, but a partnership with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) has allowed for the continuation of key activities of two Bank-funded health projects.
WASHINGTON, July 19, 2016 —The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$50 million emergency project to support Yemeni households and communities hard hit by the ongoing crisis. The grant is part of a new World Bank Group strategy for Yemen, also endorsed today by the Board of Executive Directors, focused on enhancing Yemen’s resilience by preserving national service delivery capacity, while preparing for post conflict recovery.
By Mohammed Ali Kalfood
Additional reporting by Annie Slemrod, Middle East Editor
Something peculiar is afoot in Yemen: the usually arcane topics of monetary policy and central banking have become part of everyday chatter, even street art.
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