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From one mother to the other: Yemeni women tackling malnutrition

01/09/2014

With malnutrition costing the lives of over 1.3 million Yemeni children every year, the solution ought to stem from within. That is why the efforts of our partner, International Medical Corps, training volunteers on the ground who then educate their own communities about how to tackle this problem, is essential.

Dr. Doah Kutbi Omer Kutbi tells us about the experiences of Ekhlas, a highly-motivated volunteer from the Lahij Governorate, in the south of the country.

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Shiite rebels rally in Sanaa after leader defies UN

09/01/2014 18:15 GMT

by Hammoud MOUNASSAR

SANAA, September 1, 2014 (AFP) - Tens of thousands of Shiite rebel activists demonstrated in the Yemeni capital Monday, heeding a call by their leader to press their campaign to oust the government in defiance of the UN.

The show of strength by the Zaidi Shiite rebels caused traffic jams on several major roads in Sanaa, an AFP correspondent reported, as sources said the president has sent an envoy for renewed talks with the rebels' leader.

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Yemen Price Bulletin August 2014

Wheat is the staple food for poor households in Yemen; sorghum is most often consumed as a substitute. Rice is important to all wealth groups. Sana’a market is the most important in Yemen and supplies other markets within the country. Wheat milling is concentrated at the ports of Aden and Al Hudayda, which also serve as the main reference and source markets for their respective region’s of the country. Aden is the reference market for the southern region, located in a deficit zone and is the largest wholesale market with a large storage capacity.

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Security Council, in Presidential Statement, Urges Stop to Escalating Campaign by Yemeni Faction to ‘Bring Down the Government’, Disrupt Transition

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Security Council

7255th Meeting (AM)

Condemning the actions of the Houthis in Yemen who overran the city of Amran and the army headquarters there on 8 July, the Security Council this morning called on the faction to withdraw, cease hostilities in the area and remove camps and checkpoints around the country's capital, Sana'a.

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ECHO Factsheet Yemen (August 2014)

Key Messages

  • Humanitarian actors in Yemen need to maintain their focus on emergency, life-saving aid, as well as continuing to advocate for coordinated funding, assessments and activities.

  • Stronger coordination among humanitarian partners and effective actions are needed to cover the nutritional needs and reduce the high levels of acute malnutrition, in particular among children under the age of five and vulnerable pregnant and lactating women.

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ALESCO: Illiteracy exceeds 8 million mark in Yemen

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Yemen Times

SANA’A, Aug. 27 - There are 8.5 million male and female illiterates in Yemen, which accounts for almost a third of the country’s population of 26 million, according to Dr. Yahya Al-Saidi, manager of the Education Administration at the Arab League Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organization (ALECSO).

Al-Saidi said of the 40 million illiterate Arabs, more than 8 million are from Yemen.

Mustafa Al-Saberi, the press secretary for the education minister said that the ministry can neither deny nor confirm the statistics by ALESCO.

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Fighting continues in Al-Jawf, casualties mounting

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Yemen Times

Bassam Al-Khameri (author)

SANA’A, Aug. 25—Tribesmen in Al-Jawf governorate attacked Houthi posts in Al-Ghail district on Sunday night and Monday morning, leaving two tribesmen killed and six others injured, according to Saleh Al-Rawsa, the leader of the popular committees in Al-Jawf.

Al-Rawsa told the Yemen Times that the popular committees took over Houthi posts and killed several Houthis, adding that the number of Houthi casualties is unknown as Houthi members took the bodies.

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Al-Ghayl Conflict IDPs Rapid Assessment Report, 25th August, 2014

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Islamic Help

Background

The conflict of Al-Ghayl which is mainly between Al-Islah and Al-Houthis has resulted in the displacement of 90% of residents (total population 1,309 HHs and 10,436 individuals) from Al-Ghail district and the closure of routes leading to the district and Al-Jawf governorate. The district has high strategic value as the main road route to Al-Jawf from Sana'a and Ma'arib pass through the area and controlling the route will provide a military and strategic advantage.

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Yemen Remote Monitoring Update August 2014

Persistent conflict and recent withdrawal of fuel subsidies continue to exacerbate Crisis-level food insecurity crisis

Key Messages

Persistent conflict continues to displace households in central areas of Yemen, disrupting livelihood strategies and reducing the ability for households to meet their basic food and non-food needs. In July, more than 10,000 people were displaced due to conflict.

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Consensual, Yemeni-led political process only peaceful exit to current crisis: UN envoy

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UN News Service

26 August 2014 – The United Nations envoy to Yemen today expressed concern over the high level of unrest in the country which he says is probably the most serious since the beginning of the political transition in 2011.

Briefing reporters in the capital, Sana’a, Jamal Benomar said that in recent weeks he had been in consultations with various political leaders, trying to facilitate negotiations and help reach consensus on a peaceful solution to the current crisis.

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Yemen fuel subsidy cuts hit poor hardest

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IRIN

SANA'A, 25 August 2014 (IRIN) - A sharp increase in fuel prices threatens to plunge hundreds of thousands of Yemenis into poverty and food insecurity in the Arab world's poorest country - particularly if regular welfare payments to Yemen's poorest people continue to be dispersed erratically, aid organizations have warned.

The government's decision to slash fuel subsidies has set off a wave of discontent, with major protests in the capital Sana'a over the past week calling for the cuts to be reversed and the government to be dissolved.

IRIN:

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Rival Yemeni protests as talks with Shiite rebels fail

08/24/2014 19:16 GMT

by Hammoud Mounassar

SANAA, August 24, 2014 (AFP) - Rival protests stoked up tension in Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday as a presidential negotiating team abandoned talks with Shiite rebels, accusing them of seeking to ignite a war.

President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi urged "vigilance and increased preparation to face any options that could be imposed" on Yemen, at a meeting with the supreme security and military committee, state news agency Saba reported.

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How Humanitarian Aid is Making a Difference [EN/AR]

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UN envoy in Yemen calls for constructive cooperation, peaceful solution to crisis

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UN News Service

22 August 2014 – Amid escalating tensions and ongoing political instability in Yemen, the United Nations envoy to the country today urged all the parties to move the political process forward by addressing the roots of the current turmoil through comprehensive dialogue.

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Yemen armed forces on alert as rebel deadline nears

08/21/2014 19:29 GMT -

SANAA, August 21, 2014 (AFP) - President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi urged Yemen's armed forces Thursday to "raise their level of vigilance" on the eve of the expiry of a rebel deadline for the government to quit.

However, Hadi also sent a delegation to Shiite Zaidi rebel commander Abdulmalik al-Huthi in his Saada stronghold north of Sanaa to invite his group to talk and urge them to join a national unity government.

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More than 14 mln Yemenis need urgent aid -- EC

SANAA, Aug 20 (KUNA) -- The European Commission sounded the alarm on Wednesday that up to 14.5 million Yemenis are in need for urgent humanitarian aid.

The EC, in a statement, circulated here, said it had earmarked euro 33 million worth of aid for the Yemeni Government to secure food for those in need.

Securing food is a major challenge facing some 10.5 million Yemenis and number of children suffering from acute malnourishment jumped to 1.6 million this year, it warned.

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Thousands of armed rebels flood Yemen capital

08/20/2014 15:05 GMT

by Hammoud Mounassar

SANAA, August 20, 2014 (AFP) - Thousands of armed Shiite rebels in Yemen strengthened their positions in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday as they pressed their campaign to force the government to resign, AFP correspondents witnessed.

The rebels have been fighting an off-conflict with government troops in the northern mountains for the past decade but analysts warned their bid for a greater share of power in a promised new federal Yemen was creating a potentially explosive situation.

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Yemen Situation Report 01-15 August 2014

WFP’s new Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation started in July, supporting a gradual shift from relief to recovery for six million people over two years. In August, WFP plans to reach 2.5 million people.

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Armed Yemeni rebels in Sanaa sit-ins ahead of Friday deadline

08/19/2014 14:28 GMT

SANAA, August 19, 2014 (AFP) - Hundreds of armed Shiite rebels staged sit-ins on Tuesday on the outskirts of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, where supporters are mobilising in a campaign for the fall of the government by Friday.

Activists in the Ansarullah, or Huthi, rebellion put up dozens of tents at the western edge of Sanaa.

Guarded by hordes of armed men, other rebels were busy erecting similar camps in the north and south of the city, AFP journalists reported.

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Dreams of Eritrean refugees turn to ashes in Yemen

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Yemen Times

Madiha Al-Junaid

Dozens of Eritrean refugees are scattered across the Al-Safeyah area of Sana’a, a densely populated neighborhood estimated to have the largest number of African refugees in the city. Women sit in groups on threadbare carpets, blankets, or mats in streets corners. They are surrounded by playing children, running, shouting, smiling, and laughing; easily distracting observers from the tragic experiences they went through on their way to and through Yemen.