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Yemen: UNHCR Operational Update, 1 - 14 April 2017

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KEY FIGURES

18.8 million people in need

1,991,340 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)

84 % IDPs displaced for more than a year

1,048,896 IDP returnees

803,393 recipients of NFIs since March 2015

279,480 registered refugees and asylum seekers

15,948 new arrivals to Yemeni coast since 1 January 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNHCR’s response reaching affected populations in Taizz was bolstered with delivery of humanitarian assistance from both the north and the south. In the first two weeks of April, 1,650 families have received life-saving support in districts surrounding Al Mokha, with further distributions underway pending access challenges.

  • Growing concern that conflict-led famine is leading to a deepening protection crisis. An intensification of the conflict is anticipated in the weeks and months ahead, making access to food even more challenging. The risk of hunger is most acute for the most vulnerable among the displaced, with UNHCR cautioning on the clear correlation between protection risks and food insecurity.

  • Focus group discussions take place with Somali community as information campaign on the Assisted Spontaneous Return programme is underway. The return help desk in Basateen has also been established, with Somalis seeking information on the situation in their country of origin and the support available to them.

UPDATE ON ACHIEVEMENTS

Operational Context

Since the beginning of 2017, hostilities in the Red Sea governorate of Taizz have displaced almost 50,000 people. This is in addition to the three million who have been uprooted since the beginning of the conflict in Yemen, of which two million remain displaced and one million have returned home to precarious conditions.
UNHCR and other humanitarian actors are concerned, however, that recent military escalations in Taizz and Al Hudaydah governorates, could potentially displace up to half a million people, further exacerbating Yemen’s deep humanitarian crisis. UNHCR is cautioning that an intensification of conflict in Al Hudaydah will lead to largescale displacement, further increasing needs and vulnerabilities in an area already host to a sizeable displaced population and suffering from critical levels of food insecurity.
At the same time, hunger is increasing across swathes of the country, particularly concentrated in the north.
Food insecurity is rapidly precipitating a deepening protection crisis. The risk of hunger is not only most acute for the most vulnerable among the displaced, but it is these same vulnerable persons who are most likely to resort to negative coping strategies for lack of alternatives, thereby highlighting a direct link between food insecurity and protection risks.
UNHCR continues to respond to the needs of those displaced from and within Taizz Governorate. Reaching affected populations from 1,650 families who fled Al Mokha from both north and south of Taizz during the first two weeks of April. Conditions in Taizz continue to be dire, with staff and partners reporting huge needs on the ground including food and assistance, not only for those displaced, but for the hosting communities who in many cases are equally as in need.