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28 Apr 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Yemen peace talks commence in Kuwait on April 21 following a threeday delay

  • Parties to the conflict largely maintain a cessation of hostilities, which began on April 10

  • Response agencies address humanitarian needs following midApril floods in seven governorates

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

28 Apr 2016 description

One year into the conflict in Yemen, life for the people of Yemen has been characterised by uncertainty, forced displacement and a need for protection and humanitarian assistance. Living conditions in Yemen were already hard with major underdevelopment, financial crisis, poverty and gender inequality but, over the past year, the escalation in airstrikes, clashes on the ground and a de facto blockade on food, fuel and medicine imports have had a devastating impact on the population.

28 Apr 2016 description

Heavy rainfall has caused flash floods and landslides in several parts of Yemen, displacing people and destroying homes and livelihood. Yemen Red Crescent Society assessments indicate that close to 30,000 people are affected and more than 1,000 homes are destroyed.

28 Apr 2016 description
report United Nations

Kuwait, 27 April 2016

The United Nation’s Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Al-Sheikh Ahmed, held several rounds of talks today on a general framework for negotiations proposed by the United Nations to end the conflict in Yemen.

27 Apr 2016 description
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KEY FIGURES

2,755,916 Internally displace persons

267,874 Registered refugees as of 31 March

11,628 Registered asylum seekers as of 31 March

28,717 New arrivals to Yemen since the beginning of 2016

OPERATIONAL CONTEXT

Yemen is a historic transit hub for mixed migratory movements of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants from the Horn of Africa to the Arabian Peninsula and beyond.

27 Apr 2016 description
report Protection Cluster

The report is produced by Yemen Protection Cluster in collaboration with humanitarian partners and incorporates figures taken from the 8th Report of the Task Force of Population Movement (5 April 2016).

Situation Overview

27 Apr 2016 description

CONTEXT AND NEEDS

Overall

Yemen is considered as a transit and destination country for migrants and refugees due to its long coastline and proximity to the Horn of Africa. Yemen is a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, and has granted prima facie refugee status to Somalis arriving in the country since the outbreak of hostilities in Somalia. UNHCR undertakes RSD for all other nationalities except for Syrians, who are granted status under a temporary protection scheme.

27 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Bismarck Swangin

As the students quietly file in for morning assembly at Al-Fadheelah School in Sana’a, Yemen, there is no indication of the trauma many of them have experienced, or of the innovative way that the school is helping the children deal with it.

27 Apr 2016 description

Sana’a – The UNDP Yemen Our Home initiative and Sabafon Telecommunication Company, the first GSM network operator in Yemen, have signed a contribution agreement to establish a medical mobile clinic in Sho’ub District in Sana’a Capital City. The clinic will provide medical services and improve reach to the physically disabled and war-injured.

27 Apr 2016 description
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(Sana’a, 27 April 2016): On 26 April, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, concluded a three-day assessment mission to Sa’ada Governorate. He urged Yemeni parties to remain committed to the Cessation of Hostilities and allow unhindered humanitarian access. Mr. McGoldrick also asked the international community to increase the level of support for Yemen. “Only a political solution to the conflict can end the suffering in Yemen.

27 Apr 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

Since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015, UNHRD has supported 6 Partners responding to the crisis by sending 413 MT of critical relief items, equipment and medical supplies to Djibouti and Yemen. Most recently, UNHRD dispatched 35 metric tons of medicine to Hoedida on behalf of WHO.

For information about stocks available for emergency deployment through UNHRD’s Loan and Borrow facility, please visit www.unhrd.org or contact unhrd.customerservice@wfp.org.

27 Apr 2016 description
infographic Logistics Cluster

During March and February 2016, the number of ships berthing, as well as the volume of food and fuel imports into Yemen decreased compared to the past months. This has led to a decrease in the availability of both food and fuel in local markets, resulting once more in an increase in prices. This month’s imports represent 8% of the estimated monthly fuel requirements.

26 Apr 2016 description

Arabic version

25 April 2016, Kuwait- The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, welcomed reports that indicate tangible progress in bringing an end to hostilities and an improvement in the general security situation in Yemen.

25 Apr 2016 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12337

7676th Meeting (PM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

The Security Council today welcomed the nationwide cessation of hostilities in Yemen and the launch of peace talks, commenced on 10 April and 21 April 2016, respectively.

25 Apr 2016 description
report UN News Service

24 April 2016 – The fourth day of the United Nations-brokered peace negotiations among Yemeni parties in Kuwait included extensive discussions on security, political and humanitarian issues in meetings in joint sessions as wells as bilateral sessions with each delegation, the UN envoy for Yemen has said today.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN Special Envoy for Yemen, said in a press release that “significant differences in the delegations' points of view remain but nonetheless there is consensus on the need to make peace and to work intensively towards an agreement.”