Yemen: The benefits of cash assistance

Localized violence, armed clashes and air strikes have created shocking levels of destruction and suffering in Aslam District in Hajjah Governorate, northern Yemen. Like many other governorates in Yemen, Hajjah has experienced escalated conflict since March 2015. This has pushed the country into having the highest number of new IDPs worldwide.

“Life has not been the same since losing my husband,” said Saeeda Mashta, a 53-year-old displaced mother of six, who lost her husband two years ago. “This was made worse by the current conflict that has ravaged our district of Abs, forcing me to leave everything behind to seek refuge in Aslam.”

Saeeda is one of more than 367,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Hajjah. Displacement within the governorate has significantly increased requirements for food, water, shelter, health care, education and essential household items.

Humanitarian partners estimate that the livelihoods of half of all conflict-affected people in Yemen have been destroyed by the escalating crisis. Traditional safety nets—including remittances or assistance from friends and relatives—are increasingly unavailable. This, combined with decreased purchasing power, means that Yeminis have less income and their money buys less.

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