Yemen UNHCR Weekly Update, 3 - 9 November 2017
20.7 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
Funding USD 114.6 M requested in 2017
The crisis in Yemen escalated to breaking point this week as hostilities ramped up, placing millions of civilians under further duress and hardship. A threat of famine looms as all Yemeni airports, seaports and land crossings have been prohibited from operating, bringing the heavily import-reliant country to its knees, preventing critical humanitarian aid deliveries, including medicine and food, along with commercial supplies from reaching the country. Almost 21 million people are now in need of humanitarian aid because of conflict, representing 76 per cent of the entire population, seven million of whom are facing famine-like conditions and rely completely on aid to survive.
The disruption in humanitarian assistance is placing Yemen’s over two million displaced at heightened risk. According to the latest population movement tracking information, close to 90 per cent of IDPs have been displaced for a year or more, their savings long exhausted. The price of household essential items have soared this week, including a reported 60 per cent increase in fuel, critical for heating, electricity, transport and cooking as winter approaches. The UNHCR supply pipeline of aid for vulnerable families, including emergency shelter kits and core relief items (CRIs), has also been disrupted.
UNHCR and the wider humanitarian community reiterate that unhindered humanitarian access is essential to ensuring life-saving assistance is delivered and activities are conducted for those who need it most, in particular families in frontlines areas. The resumption of all humanitarian flights to support relief efforts must take place to ensure the United Nations and other aid organisations can continue their vital work to avert humanitarian catastrophe in the absence of peace.