By Fatima Al-Ajel, Save the Children Yemen
Every child in this world has the right to live, to education, to protection and good health.
Yet today in Yemen children aren’t being afforded their rights. They aren’t being allowed to survive, thrive, learn or grow. Their voices aren’t being heard and unless things change soon, their potential is in huge danger of remaining unfulfilled.
Children are bearing the brunt of a violent conflict that is tearing my country apart.
On average, 8 children are killed everyday, even more are injured.
Geneva / Sana'a – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is seriously concerned about an increase in fighting in the city of Taiz. There has been indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas. Essential infrastructure is being destroyed.
"We call on the parties on the ground in Taiz to allow the safe passage of ambulances, medical workers and aid workers so that lives can be saved and the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance can be made possible," said the head of the ICRC in Taiz, Olivier Chassot.
IOM trucked 164,000L of water to various communities as well as health facilities in the districts of Crater, Ash Shaikh Othman, Khur Maksar and Attawahi, providing safe water to an estimated 11,270 individuals.
250 migrants that were evacuated on an IOM chartered boat from Al Hudaydah to Obock were accommodated and assisted at the Migrant Response Centre (MRC) in Obock.
Humanitarian needs across Yemen continue to grow as violence escalates.
Serious damage to Al - Hudaydah port could deprive millions of people of food and prevent the import of fuel necessary to run health facilities, flour mills, and water and sanitation works.
Some form of assistance delivered to 6.9 million people across Yemen’s 22 governorates.
Outstanding donor pledges hinder response.
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 25 August, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2140 (2014) was briefed by Mr. Amer Daoudi, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Yemen Crisis, on his ongoing efforts to implement a United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen.
Earlier this week, 14 educators and four of their children were killed and 20 people injured in an airstrike on a teacher’s office in Amran, just north of Sana’a. UNICEF’s Executive Director and the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict strongly condemned the targeting of civilian infrastructure and the devastating impact it is having on Yemen’s children.
Sana’a, 27 August 2015 – A humanitarian corridor must be established to ensure access to health care for more than 3 million people in Yemen’s Taiz governorate, where conflict and a resulting humanitarian crisis have left thousands of people in need of treatment, caused extensive damage to health facilities, and fanned a dengue fever outbreak.
In recent months clashes broke out in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a – some of the most serious violence seen there in recent years. It followed weeks of anti-government protests, partly in response to unpopular fuel prices. Shia Houthi rebels took control of the capital demanding a greater share of power in Yemen’s political system. A UN-brokered peace deal called for the appointment of a new neutral head of government and for the Houthis to pull out of the city. However, there is still political stalemate and violence is ongoing in many parts of the country.
The Gargash Group has donated 20 light trucks and 10 power generators as part of the relief operations in Yemen to ease the suffering of people there.
The move follows the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and a follow-up by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Yemen.
UNDP, Millennium Development Foundation and For All Foundation are launching three social businesses in Sana’a, which will directly support 53 vulnerable youth, including 30 women, with alternative economic opportunities that will benefit the affected population in Nuqum and Tahreer areas.
Saudi-led Coalition Likely Launched 7 Attacks Harming Civilians
(Beirut) – Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces appear to have used cluster munition rockets in at least seven attacks in Yemen’s northwestern Hajja governorate, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks were carried out between late April and mid-July 2015.
Situation Overview and access constraints
The security situation in Yemen continues to be a major impediment to the transport of relief goods to Yemen and overland transport in Yemen.
The lack of access to Hodeidah Port due to the security situation is exacerbating the urgent need of water, medicines, fuel and food in the country according to OCHA. Hodeidah Port served as entry point for both humanitarian supplies as well as commercial imports.
ADEN, 25th August, 2015 (WAM) – Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) is planning to distribute thousands of more food parcels in the Governorate of Aden and other areas in Yemen.
The food stuff was provided by the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation.
Fahd Abdul Rahman bin Sultan, Deputy Secretary General of the ERC told the Emirates News Agency (WAM) in a statement that work is underway to prepare thousands of food parcels to be distributed in a number of Yemeni governorates.
Sana’a,August 2015 – Today UNHCR and its partner the Millennium Development Foundation (MDF) proudly celebrated the opening of the MDF Family Centre in Sana’a. With UNHCR support, the Family Centre provides refugee children with a safe environment to study and play. The Centre staff also accompany refugee children to help them address their legal, medical and psycho-‐social needs.
By opening its doors also to vulnerable children in the host community the Centre facilitates co-‐existence among the different nationalities and with the Yemeni host community.
By Charlotte Cans, OCHA Communications Officer
WFP’s Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, visited Yemen from 16-18 August. She visited Sana’a, Aden and Amran to meet with authorities, WFP staff, partner NGOs and WFP beneficiaries.
In July, over 1,020,020 people received almost 11,000 mt of emergency food assistance in eight governorates. In August so far, WFP has reached 712,714 people in seven governorates with 6,800 mt of emergency food assistance.