Yemen + 2 more

Yemen UNHCR Update, 19 – 31 December 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



22.2 million people in need

2,014,026 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

89 per cent of IDPs displaced for more than a year

956,076 IDP returnees

1,015,375 recipients of CRIs since March 2015

280,539 refugees and asylum seekers


USD 114.6 M requested in 2017

Operational Update

The crisis in Yemen has now surpassed 1,000 days, during which three million men, women and children have been forced to flee their homes, with over two million still displaced. Conflict and loss of livelihoods, further compounded by cholera and risk of man-made famine, have created new vulnerabilities for an already desperate displaced population, with 89 per cent of IDPs displaced for over a year. During this time, the United Nations in Yemen have continually called for a political solution to the crisis which has left some 75 per cent of the country’s population in need of humanitarian assistance. The UN has also continued to reaffirm the obligations of all parties to the conflict to safeguard and protect civilian life and infrastructure, among them schools, hospitals and places of worship. Tragically, civilians continue to bear the brunt of hostilities, with OHCHR confirming the deaths of 109 civilians in incidents during the past two weeks alone, including strikes on a crowded market in Taizz Governorate and on a farm in Al Hudaydah Governorate.

In addition to loss of life, an escalation of hostilities on frontlines has led to new displacement, in particular on Yemen’s Red Sea coast. The frontlines of Taizz and Hudaydah Governorates have forced an estimated 3,371 families (23,600 individuals) to seek shelter elsewhere. Some 421 families have fled towards Hudaydah city, 950 households to the neighbouring governorates of Dhamar and Ibb, with a further 2,000 households crossing into the southern governorates of Aden, Abyan and Lahj. Speaking to UNHCR, IDPs have described harrowing journeys in their effort to reach safety, including moving through mined areas, ambulances at risk of being stuck by gunfire/rockets, as well as many families suffering from acute watery diarrhea and at times forced to make payments at checkpoints en route. UNHCR is mobilizing assistance as part of a wider integrated response as a matter of urgency