UNICEF Ma’rib Response Humanitarian Action Update, January 2022, Issue Number 2


Situation Update

From September 2021 until 29 January 2022, a total of 10,258 families (61,548 people) have been displaced within or to Ma’rib governorate due to active conflict. Of these, 396 families (2,376 people) – were displaced in January 2022 alone, including 161 Households (HHs) (966 people) that moved from Al Jawf and 21 HHs (126 people) from Shabwah to Ma’rib (RDT / DTM Report 2022).

Fighting continued in Ma'rib, Al Jawf and Shabwah governorates in December 2021 and January 2022, resulting in the displacement of thousands of people within and to Ma’rib Governorate and restrictions on civilian movement, with the impact most acutely felt by populations close to frontlines. Civilians living in affected areas continue to face heightened protection risks and are forced to contend with limited humanitarian assistance. Women, children, persons with disabilities, and people from marginalized groups continue to be disproportionately affected by the ongoing hostilities.

In response to the new displacement within and to Ma’rib governorate since September 2021, UNICEF continues to provide a multi-sectoral humanitarian response in the governorate through flexible and rapid approaches focused on providing access to uninterrupted lifesaving and essential services that meet the needs of vulnerable children and their families.

In line with OCHA’s updated Operational Response Plan (December 2021) to the new influx of IDPs within and to Ma’rib governorate, UNICEF, through implementing partners, continues to provide IDP children and their families, both in IDP sites and host communities in the governorate, with critical health, nutrition and WASH supplies and services as well as support needed to continue their education through formal and non-formal learning opportunities, and with psychological and physical wellbeing necessary to develop their critical knowledge, skills and resilience to prepare for a better future.