Over the last few years, Yemen has suffered through ongoing conflict, destructive floods, and an overwhelmed healthcare system. The Yemen humanitarian crisis is now considered the largest in the world, with citizens struggling to access clean water, nutritious food, medical supplies, and other life-saving facilities.
In addition to these constant struggles, the country is attempting to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic whilst other seasonal illnesses are on the rise. To make matters worse, the cost of living is consistently rising, making it harder and harder for Yemeni people to afford basic necessities.
In order to give aid to Yemen, we rely on your donations. Any struggles are only being exacerbated by COVID-19 and the impending winter months. Yemen needs your help now more than ever before.
Why is the Yemen Crisis Happening?
Yemen is in a state of struggle due to an ongoing civil war between supporters of Yemen’s government and the Houthi ethnic group. This war has led to airstrikes being administered against the Houthi, resulting in devastating consequences. As of 2020, the war had directly inflicted death upon 3,000 children, whilst indirect causes such as a strain on food supplies, medical facilities, and infrastructure have resulted in additional fatalities.
The impact on children doesn’t stop there; in order to aid Yemen in war, children between the ages of 13 and 17 years old are being recruited into the armed forces, and children as young as ten are being accepted. In fact, in less than a month during 2015, 140 children were recruited into armed groups.
Not only are children forced into militant situations, but women and children alike are more vulnerable to human trafficking and smuggling due to the war. The poorest women are forced into prostitution to make ends meet, whilst children are often sold as sex slaves abroad.
The war broke out in 2014 and doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon, therefore the humanitarian crisis is set to continue, making your live-saving donations even more vital.
Devastating Floods and Torrential Rainfall
Throughout April and August, Yemen endures a rainy season that results in the destruction of people’s homes and livelihoods. As of 12 August this year, roughly 13,596 families were affected by countrywide flooding in July. Not only were homes, shelters, and other essential infrastructures damaged beyond repair, but people were subjected to serious injuries and even death.
If this wasn’t devastating enough, the country is also struggling to recover from a desert locust outbreak. These swarms are formed due to heavy rainfall, and they are detrimental to Yemen’s already existing famine. Since 2016, the entire country has been in a state of food insecurity due to the civil war and its blockades. This problem is only exacerbated by desert locusts consuming already limited crops.