Oxfam Yemen Situation Report #39, 15 March

Situation Report
Originally published


Humanitarian Context

  • According to the IPC analysis released on 15 March, 17 million people in 20 of Yemen’s 22 governorates are in ‘emergency' or ‘crisis' food insecurity phases and almost two‐thirds of the population are now facing hunger and urgently require life and livelihood‐saving assistance and this represents a 21 percent increase since June 2016.

  • USG/ERC Stephen O’Brien briefed the Security Council on his mission to Yemen where he said that Yemen is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world and the Yemeni people now face the spectre of famine.

  • The UN and other agencies have expressed concern that fighting could lead to the destruction of Hodeidah Port and the severing of a critical lifeline for food, fuel and aid to Yemen’s northern governorates. Transporting supplies from Aden in the south, which is controlled by the Yemeni government to the north is very difficult.

  • In response to the food security crisis Oxfam has intensified our UCT for food security in the most vulnerable HHs in our working areas. During March 2017, we are distributing UCT and cash for work to 9,480 vulnerable households in Hajja, Taiz and Amran

  • With 3 million IDPs in Yemen, the intensified hostilities across western and central Yemen continue to force tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, with many now struggling to cope in abysmal conditions. More than 62,000 have been reported to be displaced within the last six weeks, with many facing malnutrition, disease and inadequate shelter. This includes on Yemen’s western coast, where recent fighting in Taiz governorate has left more than 48,400 people displaced.