Oxfam Emergencies updates: 9 June to 4 July 2015
These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.
Maghreb & Middle East
Yemen Peace talks on 19th of June in Geneva collapsed despite four out of five Yemenis needing aid (continue reading). As anticipated in the previous update, Oxfam’s programme took an important step in becoming fully operational by setting up two teams for Hajja and Amran governorates. The target is for initial activities to commence this week and programmes to be at scale by August 15th, targeting about 300,000 people. The next assessment for Taiz is now scheduled to take place during next week; Taiz is one of the most badly affected areas, suffering both air strikes from the Saudi-led coalition and intensive ground combat between the Houthis and rivalling factions. Besides the sheer infrastructural destruction, displacement has been large with people spilling out into rural Taiz and neighbouring Ibb governorate.
By expanding into Taiz, and with further planned expansions into urban areas such as Aden over the next few months, we hope to have reached one million people by the end of the year. The challenges are huge. While our focus for now is squarely on the conflict-affected areas which are harder to reach and where the currently most vulnerable people are located, there is also the fallout from the economic situation which is dire. The UN has publicly said that Yemen is ‘a step away from famine’.