Yemen UNHCR Update, 15 - 30 April 2018
22.2M People in need
2M IDPs 89% of IDPs displaced for more than a year
956K IDP returnees
CRI 1M recipients of CRIs since March 2015
280K refugees and asylum seekers
$198.7M requested in 2018
$45.5M funded as of 1 May 2018
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned about the worsening security situation for civilians, including humanitarian workers in Yemen. In an incident on 21 April 2018, an international staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who was in charge of the detention programme, was fatally shot in an attack by unknown armed men, while travelling to visit a prison outside of Taizz. This brutal targeting of an aid worker is the latest example of the toll that the conflict in Yemen is taking on civilians, and the difficulties humanitarian aid workers continue to face in providing much needed assistance to the most vulnerable. Shrinking humanitarian space continues to be an issue in Yemen, exacerbated by airstrikes, ground clashes and other access constraints.
The two million people displaced across Yemen, nearly 90 per cent of whom fled their homes more than a year ago, are among the most vulnerable. Many families experiencing protracted displacement have exhausted their coping mechanisms and rely on humanitarian assistance for their survival.
In addition, the intensification of the conflict in Yemen’s Red Sea coast has prompted the displacement of 100,000 new IDPs since December 2017 alone. Women and children constitute three quarters of the displaced and are particularly vulnerable. Over one third of displaced Yemenis live in female-headed households, including many headed by female children below the age of 18. Displaced families are seeking temporary lodging in abandoned buildings, collective centres, spontaneous settlements, or host families, with large families often sharing one room.