Responding to the needs in a deadly war zone

from Relief and Development Peer Foundation
Published on 12 Jan 2020

Even though delivering aid in areas with violent clashes and armed conflicts is extremely difficult and dangerous, our WaSH team - despite the extreme risks and threats - reaches the toughest areas to perform their humanitarian duty across six governorates.

Al-Maklla is a deadly war zone located in Al-Bayda Governorate. Ongoing conflicts have routinely destroyed health facilities. Houses have unfortunately become military barracks to reach at a point where the outer walls seem like tragic folklore paintings. Even windows have been taken down to be replaced with cinder blocks to shield them from a volley of bullets. Too many households have got coerced into leaving their own houses and displacing to different areas where they could at least find an ounce of safety. Yet, a very few families are kept barricaded in there and placed under mandatory curfew. Above all, properties, water wells and networks, vehicles and agricultural lands have also been targeted.

In spite of all danger, our WaSH team continues to assess WaSH services in 263 health facilities, 19 of which are situated in Al Bayda Governorate within the project of desludging overflowing cesspits and WaSH services in health facilities – assessment of 263 HFs & rehabilitation of 40 health facilities – in Amanat Al Asimah, Sana’a, Amran, Al Bayda, Marib and Dhamar Governorates, funded by UNICEF.

Accessing conflict-affected places is hard, but we, as aid workers, manage to serve most affected and vulnerable communities in insecure contexts, taking into account the protection, security and safety measures.