Oxfam Yemen Situation Report #47, 30 September 2017

Situation Report
Originally published


Crisis Figures:

Population of Yemen*: 27.4 million
People in need of humanitarian aid*: 20.7 million
People in need of WASH assistance*: 15.7 million
People in acute need*: 9.8 million
People in need of food assistance*: 17 million
People in need of protection*: 11.3 million
People in need of health care* : 14.8 million
Females in need of protection*: 5.54 million
IDPs & returnees*: 2.9 million

Oxfam funding aim**: £28 million
Secured funding**: £26.6 million
Targeted beneficiaries**: 1.2 million
Reached beneficiaries**: 1,419,316

*Source: UN OCHA. **Oxfam’s figures

Humanitarian Context

  • The Human Rights Council adopted a resolution condemning ongoing violations and abuses of human rights and IHL violations in Yemen, including the widespread recruitment and use of children by parties to the conflict. It also requested the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish, a group of eminent international and regional experts no later than by the end of 2017. For a period of at least one year, they should monitor and report on the situation on human rights in Yemen, and carry out a comprehensive examination of all alleged violations and abuses of human rights.

  • ICRC is warning that Yemen could register one million suspected cholera cases by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MOPHP) in Sana’a has announced that specialists and consultants from Sana'a University and epidemiologists, technicians and specialists in the ministry have recommended that there is no point in conducting a cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen but the MOPHP did not elaborate on any clear reasons underpinning this decision.3 Worth mentioning that a WHO official stated that WHO is negotiating with the Yemeni government to allow the cholera vaccination in Yemen recalling that there was a request to WHO to start this in June but the Yemeni government changed their mind and stopped it which pushed the UN to transfer the vaccines to Somalia and Sudan.

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid al-Hussein, called for an independent, international investigation into the allegations of serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Yemen5 as they have documented at least 5,144 civilians killed and more than 8,749 injured since March 2015 till 30 August 2017 according to their new report released on 5 September.

  • Human Rights Watch issued a report accusing the Saudi-led Coalition of carrying out five unlawful airstrikes amounting to war crimes that killed 26 children among 39 civilian deaths.7 - Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, issued a press briefing note expressing their concern for civilians, including children, continue to be attacked by different parties of the conflict highlighting the shelling and airstrikes that hit Taiz and Mareb governorates lately.