Yemen UNHCR Update, 1 - 14 April 2018

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 14 Apr 2018

KEY FIGURES

22.2 million people in need

2M Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

89 per cent of IDPs displaced for more than a year

956K IDP returnees

1M recipients of CRIs since March 2015

280K refugees and asylum seekers

Funding

USD 198.7 M requested in 2018 $44.3M funded as of 17 April 2018

Operational Update

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is extremely concerned by a worsening situation for newly-arrived refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Yemen. Conflict, deteriorating economic conditions and now increasing criminality are exposing people to harm and exploitation. As prolonged conflict and insecurity threatens state institutions and weakens the rule of law, there are growing accounts of extortion, trafficking and deportations. Many persons of concern are arrested, detained, abused, and pushed out to sea or forcibly returned by the very same smugglers who brought them to Yemen.

State and non-state actors are effectively controlling detention facilities where new arrivals are being held, and UNHCR perseveres in working with all actors to ensure that those being detained are treated humanely and with dignity in accordance with refugee and human rights law. UNHCR also seeks unfettered access to assist those in need of international protection in accordance with international law and advocates for any return arrangements for non-refugees to be done in coordination with international agencies, ensuring humane and dignified treatment in conditions of safety. UNHCR has been supporting authorities in Yemen to receive, register and document refugees and asylum seekers and is seeking to increase support to the Immigration, Passport and Naturalization Authority (IPNA) to further improve reception arrangements for new arrivals seeking international protection. UNHCR continues to work with the Ministry of Interior to access detention facilities and pursue solutions for persons of concern.

UNHCR is also deeply shocked and saddened at the loss of life at a compound sheltering 128 IDP families, in an aerial attack in Hudaydah on 2 April, killing 16 people, including 12 children. Those impacted by the incident were sheltering in the compound on the outskirts of Hudaydah City, and were recently displaced by hostilities in frontline areas of Hays, Al Khowkha, Al Jarrahi and Jabal Al Ras.

UNHCR and operational partner Danish Refugee Council, provided emergency cash and core relief items (CRIs) to the affected families, based on a rapid assessment by local protection partner, Hudaydah Girls Foundation. The incident demonstrates yet again the extreme threats facing IDPs, who in their desperate search for safety, continue to be exposed to danger. UNHCR appeals to all parties to the conflict to ensure their utmost in the protection of civilians.