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30 Dec 2011 description


· The 2012 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, seeking US$447 million to address the acute humanitarian needs of 3.7 million people, was launched on 14 December.

· In accordance with the political transition agreement signed last month, some checkpoints have been lifted in the capital. However, a heavy military presence remains in some areas.

· Violence between pro- and anti-government factions continued in Sana’a and Taiz, with one incident alone resulting in at least 9 deaths.

20 Dec 2011 description

Yemen - There is growing concern and fear at IOM over the fate of many thousands of Ethiopian migrants stranded for several months in northern Yemen in desperate conditions as funds run out to assist the most vulnerable among them.

Since November 2010, IOM has been providing critical humanitarian assistance including shelter, health care and return and reintegration assistance to thousands of migrants stranded in Yemen who want to return home, with the Organization so far having provided 6,169 Ethiopian migrants with return and reintegration assistance.

12 Dec 2011 description

Brussels, 12 December 2011 - Concerned by the effects of persistent instability, drought and poverty on hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in Yemen, the European Commission is today increasing its humanitarian funding with an additional €5 million. The decision brings the Commission's 2011 humanitarian allocation for Yemen to €25 million and the total EU humanitarian funding to almost €60 million.

01 Dec 2011 description

This report is produced with inputs from the Humanitarian Country Team and humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA Yemen country office and covers the period from 11 November 2011 to 30 November 2011. The next report will be issued on or around 10 December 2011.


  • Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a power transfer deal that would see him stepping down from office within months. The deal was widely welcomed.

18 Nov 2011 description

The number of refugees and migrants arriving in Yemen by boat was 12,545 last month - the highest monthly total since UNHCR began compiling data about the mixed migration route between the Horn of Africa and Yemen in January 2006.

09 Nov 2011 description
report IRIN

SANA'A, 9 November 2011 (IRIN) - Thousands of Africans continue to seek refuge in Yemen, despite continuing conflict and increasing xenophobia.

Some know the risks, but believe Yemen will still be better than the war and food crisis they left behind. Others do not know or understand the situation, say analysts.

Accusations by both the government and the opposition that African migrants are engaged in the conflict in the capital, Sana'a - an allegation widely reinforced by local media - have fuelled the situation.

21 Oct 2011 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

20 Sep 2011 description

More than 3,000 Ethiopian migrants who desperately want to return home have been stranded on the Yemeni-Saudi border in extremely difficult conditions for several months, with IOM unable to evacuate the vast majority of them due to lack of funds.

The group of 3,000 migrants, who have registered with IOM to be evacuated, are among an estimated 12,000 migrants in the northwestern Yemen-Saudi border area.

18 Sep 2011 description

There is increasingly limited information about food security drivers coming from Yemen as civil insecurity increases.

The six month nationwide uprising and the three-month fuel shortage are contributing to rapidly deteriorating food security in pastoral areas and in the conflict-affected governorates of Arhab, Sana’a and Abyan.

13 Sep 2011 description

GENEVA, 13 September, 2011 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced that the winner of this year’s Nansen Refugee Award is the Society for Humanitarian Solidarity (SHS) of Yemen. The US$100,000 Award recognizes the 290 staff of SHS, and its founder, Nasser Salim Ali Al-Hamairy, for their “dedicated service to providing life-saving assistance to thousands of refugees and migrants who arrive on the shores of Yemen every year” after crossing the Gulf of Aden by boat.

21 Jul 2011 description

The wave of popular uprisings and civil unrest currently sweeping North Africa and the Middle East has dramatically affected Yemen. It has added new drivers of instability to an already volatile and impoverished country with considerable development challenges and pre-existing humanitarian needs.

08 Apr 2011 description

Yemen, with a population of approximately 23 million, is a republic whose law provides for presidential election by popular vote from among at least two candidates endorsed by parliament. In 2006 citizens reelected President Ali Abdullah Saleh to another seven-year term in a generally open and competitive election, but one characterized by multiple problems with the voting process and the use of state resources on behalf of the ruling party. Saleh has led the country since 1978. The president appoints the prime minister, who is the head of government.

01 Feb 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Sveinn H. Gudmarsson

HARADH, Yemen, 1 February 2011 - "Please form a queue and wait until it is your turn," says the blue-capped official from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), who manages the registration of African migrants at the departure centre in Haradh, a dusty border town in north-western Yemen.

Approximately 30 men squeeze through the centre's gate and line up in front of a large tent, where registration takes place.