Yemen UNHCR Weekly Update, 25 August - 7 September 2017
20.7 million people in need 1,980,510 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
84 percentage of IDPs displaced for more than a year
946, 044 IDP returnees 865,121 recipients of NFIs since March 2015
280,421 refugees and asylum seekers
USD 114.6 M requested in 2017
UNHCR continues to be alarmed by the impact of hostilities on civilians, including on displaced families and refugees in Yemen. A report released by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the situation of human rights in Yemen on 5 September, finds at least 5,144 civilians have been killed as a direct result of the conflict, among them 1,184 children. The report also finds that more than 1,700 children, some as young as 10, have been recruited and used in hostilities. The war has resulted in close to two million people being displaced, 84 per cent of whom have been out of their homes for more than 12 months. UNHCR reiterates its call to all parties to the conflict to ensure the protection of civilians in Yemen and to do their utmost to mitigate suffering. The war in Yemen, now in its third year, is exacting an unacceptably high toll on civilians.
The crisis in Yemen has been further compounded by the outbreak of cholera since April 2017, which has put much of the population at risk, including persons of concern. UNHCR efforts have largely focused on placing the refugee community at the centre of prevention efforts, providing them with accurate information on the spread of cholera, coupled with early case detection and surveillance, and the timely referral of suspected cases to UNHCR-supported health and community centres.
Members of the UNHCR-led Protection Cluster also boosted cholera prevention efforts through the community based protection network (CBPN), tasking volunteers equipped with printed materials to reach out to communities in 25 districts, beyond areas with refugee populations. The prevention and awareness activities are currently taking place in public places including mosques, schools, hospitals and markets and are carried out in close coordination with authorities, and WASH and Health Clusters.