Yemen is currently experiencing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. It is a result of the bitter civil war, starvation, and a failing economy.

We are partnering with BCHR (Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief) to support vulnerable communities as violence flares up again.

Read more about the crisis in Yemen, how people are affected, and get some crucial facts and figures.

What is happening in Yemen?

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Since 2004, The Houthi movement has been leading an insurgency against the military in Yemen.

In 2014, tensions between Houthis and government forces escalated into outright civil war.

It was a war that was meant to last weeks. But Yemenis’ suffering has dragged on for years.

In 2018, the UN negotiated the Stockholm Agreement between the Yemen Government and Houthis. It was a desperate bid to protect the vital port of Hudaydah from further fighting.

Hudaydah is a lifeline for two-thirds of Yemen’s people. They depend on it for food, medicine, and aid. Its destruction would have been catastrophic.

Today, violence is flaring at an alarming rate.

It’s caused rapid displacement – 10,000 people in September 2021 alone – and many families are crowded into single shelters.

How are people affected?

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The crisis in Yemen bleeds far beyond the conflict itself. Intense deprivation and lack of services create new and spiraling crises every year.

21 million people – that’s two-thirds of the entire population – need humanitarian support.

13% of the population is internally displaced. Only half of Yemen’s medical facilities are open, and children have little hope of education.

Most displaced people have been away from home for more than 2 years, moving again and again. They are exhausted and extremely vulnerable.

How is ShelterBox Helping?

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We are partnering with BCHR (Benevolence Coalition for Humanitarian Relief) to support vulnerable communities.

Together with our partner, we’ll be supporting 1,350 internally displaced families in Marib Governorate.

We’ll be providing families who are newly displaced with a UN family tent, while families who are living in a damaged shelter will receive tarpaulin and rope to help them improve their homes.

All families will be receiving water filters, blankets, sleeping mats, solar lights, mosquito nets, water carriers and kitchen sets.

We’ll also be including a washbasin, soap, and face masks, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.