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21 Dec 2014 description

By. T. Craig Murphy, IOM Kenya, with Ismael Ali, IOM Bosasso

The closest geographic point from Africa to the Arabian Peninsula is a strait connecting the Gulf of Aden with the Red Sea known as “Bab-el-Mandeb”, which in Arabic means “The Gateway of Anguish.” Legend says that the name derives from the dangerous maritime navigation and the many lives claimed by the sea. At this point, it is only 30 kilometres from Djibouti to Yemen. Historically and contemporarily, this is the location from where large numbers of migrants move out of Africa for a variety of reasons.

03 Dec 2014 description

In 2015, humanitarian partners estimate that 15.9 million people will need humanitarian assistance. This represents an 8 per cent increase since last year, mainly due to the effects of expanded conflict, improved access to areas that were inaccessible, better data and population growth in areas of high need.

20 Nov 2014 description
report IRIN

SANAA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - Yemen's security crisis is leading to a rapid expansion in the people smuggling trade, with thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa desperate to use the country as a gateway to Saudi Arabia.

On 21 September, Houthi rebels - a Zaydi Shiite Muslim group based in the north of the country - seized control of the capital Sana'a after a battle with the army and Sunni Islamists.

18 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Key focus: Birth Registration


  • 42,000 students from 85 schools in Aden (grades 1-3) received School Hygiene Kits as part of the global hand washing day celebrations.

  • 14,297 children in Mareb and Sana’a have received new school furniture following rehabilitation of their schools through the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) programme.

Situation Overview

06 Nov 2014 description

Continuing fighting in Al Bayda and Ibb Governorates has caused limited displacement of people and shut down schools. Humanitarian access to affected areas is difficult because of security concerns. In Sana’a, recent fighting caused grave violations against children. During October, a record number of migrants from the Horn of Africa died at sea.

17 Oct 2014 description

GENEVA, October 17, (UNHCR) The UN refugee agency reported there has been a sharp increase this year in the number of migrants and asylum-seekers losing their lives in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, with more deaths at sea in 2014 than in the last three years combined.

09 Oct 2014 description


  • Heavy fighting in Sana’a in September left 274 people dead and 470 wounded.

  • Humanitarian impact of fighting in Sana’a is limited and those who fled the violence have returned.

  • Fuel subsidies partially restored, reducing prices at the pump by 23 per cent.

  • Fighting in Al Jawf has subsided, but IDPs yet to return home.

  • 800,000 Yemeni girls of school- age are not enrolled in school.


People in need of humanitarian aid 14.7 m

04 Sep 2014 description

Population movement is a major contributor to the crisis in Yemen, as people on the move often face greater difficulties in meeting their basic needs. Migrants, IDPs and refugees are also exposed to gross violations of their human rights. Several waves of conflict, insecurity and lack of access have made it extremely difficult to accurately estimate new displacements and needs.

03 Sep 2014 description
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  • Fighting in Al Jawf has displaced about 8,000 people (1,141 households).

  • The majority of people displaced by recent conflict in Amran have returned home as conflict subsided.

  • About 300,000 people remain long-term displaced in Hajjah, Amran and Sa’ada.

  • Yemen mine action programme has suspended 30 per cent of all activities due to lack of funding.

  • A national polio immunization campaign in August reached 96 per cent of 4.9 million targeted children under 5 years of age.

01 Aug 2014 description
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General Situation during July 2014
Forecast until mid-September 2014

11 Jul 2014 description
report Yemen Times

Published on 10 July 2014 in News
Khalid Al-Karimi (author)

SANA’A, July 9—Forty-four Ethiopians who have been held since Monday in Taiz governorate are currently awaiting deportation and are not seeking refugee status.

Coast Guard spokesperson Major Hussein Al-Harazi confirmed the arrest and said the 44 Ethiopians were taken to Mocha Security Department.