ECHO Factsheet – Yemen – April 2017

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Facts & Figures

  • over 18.8 million in need of humanitarian assistance

  • 2 million internally displaced persons

  • 1 million returnees

  • 17 million people food insecure (IPC phases 3 and 4)

  • 6.8 million severely food insecure (IPC phase 4)

  • 14.8 million people in need of basic health care

  • US$ 2.1 billion requested by the 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP)


EU humanitarian assistance in Yemen

  • In 2015 and 2016: €120 million

  • Allocation in 2017: €46 million

Key messages

  • Yemen descended into widespread armed conflict in March 2015 and remains classified by the United Nations as a Level 3 emergency – the most severe, large-scale humanitarian crisis. In spite of this, it remains a largely forgotten crisis.

  • Before the conflict, Yemen was already the poorest Arab country, with high prevalence of food insecurity and malnutrition. More than two years into the conflict, the humanitarian situation has been further aggravated by fighting, forced displacement, shortages of basic commodities and the overall collapse of the economy. Yemen has now become the largest food insecurity emergency in the world with almost 7 million people at risk of famine.

  • The EU calls on all parties to the conflict to abide by International Humanitarian Law and ensure protection of civilians by refraining from direct and indiscriminate targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure.

  • During 2015 and 2016, ECHO has allocated €120 million for to the Yemen crisis. For 2017, ECHO is providing €46 million of life-saving assistance to the Yemeni populations, bringing the humanitarian total allocation since the start of the conflict to €166 million.