2014 Yemen Humanitarian Needs Overview [EN/AR]

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  • An estimated 14.7 million people – 58% of the population of Yemen – are affected by the humanitarian crisis and in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Underdevelopment, poor governance, environmental stress, demographic pressure and continued political instability contribute to vulnerability.

  • Extreme poverty underpinned by limited livelihoods opportunities cause food insecurity and malnutrition that affects many Yemenis throughout their lives. 4.5 million of the food insecure people are severely food insecure.

  • 1,058,000 Yemeni girls and boys under 5 are suffering from acute malnutrition, of whom 279,000 (26.5 %) are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

  • Lack of basic services, weak state authority and poor resource management also contribute to the underlying drivers of vulnerability in Yemen. About 13 million Yemenis have no access to improved water sources, with rural areas worst affected.

  • Some 8.6 million people lack access to adequate basic health care.

  • Political instability and conflicts both within Yemen and in the region have led to large-scale displacement. Over 500,000 IDPs, returnees and other marginalized people are struggling to re-establish their livelihoods, especially in rural areas still contaminated by mines and other explosive remnants of war.

  • Over 243,000 registered refugees, the majority of whom are from Somalia, have sought refuge in Yemen.

  • Fragmented or absent local government and insecurity undermine rule of law in many areas and human rights remain widespread. Asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and IDPs are at high risk with women and girls being particularly vulnerable.

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