This is an open letter to the world leaders and representatives of the international community. We are calling on you to immediately help us provide urgently needed humanitarian aid to thousands of Yemenis whose needs have multiplied since the start of the armed conflict.
The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate and thousands of civilians were displaced while others are trapped in violent dangerous zones of armed conflict. The immediate needs of civilian communities include life-saving health services, food, clean water and protection from harm.
According to the 2015 Humanitarian Needs Overview of the UN, 15.9 million people in Yemen, (61 per cent of the population) require some form of humanitarian assistance in 2015 while 10.6 million people are food insecure and 840,000 children under five are malnourished.
Typically humanitarian aid was mainly provided by international humanitarian NGOs and UN organizations. Due to recent escalation of violence the majority of these organisations evacuated their staff and reduced the scale of their operation. Our assessment indicates that there are more than 120,000 families throughout Yemen who are left in dire conditions without drinking water, shelter, or food. This created a hole in the humanitarian response deepening the vulnerability of affected population.
National organizations are putting the lives of their staff at risk by trying their best to fill this gap, but the burden exceeds their capacity by far. We demand immediate humanitarian access to affected communities and provide them with aid in line with International Humanitarian Law, Geneva conventions and humanitarian principles.
Please help us remain hopeful as we are witnessing dark days in this worsening crisis.
The Head of Humanitarian Response Coalition
Humanitarian Response Coalition’s Members:
Humanitarian Forum Yemen
Union of Health and Medical organizations
Right for living Association.
Sajeen National Foundation
Alra’eda Horia Abbas Almou’ayad Foundation
Youth encouragement Foundation
Humanitarian Forum’s Members:
Al Gorabi Association
Al-Ihsan Charity Association
Al-Nebras Health Association
Al Development Al-Rahma Foundation for Humanitarian -
Al-Saleh Foundation for Social Development
Al-Tadamon Social and charity Association
Al-Wejdan Foundation for Development
Charitable Society for Social Welfare
Civic Democratic initiatives support Foundation
Droob Al-Amal Association for development
Human Rights Information and Training Center
Madar Legal Foundation
Sana'a Association for development
SOUL for Development
Tomorrow's Generations Association
Women Development Organization (WD)
Yemen Red Crescent Society
Youth Leadership Development Foundation
Point of Contact
Noha Yehya: 777432242
Fahmi Alsarari: 735739619 or 711223994