Five years of war, then cholera, famine, and now COVID-19: Yemen is suffering the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
With a health system that has essentially collapsed thanks to half a decade of conflict, the coronavirus is now spreading rapidly across the country. The outbreak has already killed hundreds, with dozens dying each day in their homes – having nowhere to turn to for help.
The lack of a functioning healthcare system, and limited access to safe water and hygiene poses a serious threat to controlling the disease.
“Here, it’s hard to apply basic hygiene practices,” said seventy-year-old Mohsen – who now lives in a makeshift camp after fleeing violence. “People lack water and soap and they can’t stay at home because they need to work and provide for their families regardless of the virus… I’m afraid if COVID-19 spreads further, we won’t be able to meet our basic needs.”
There are 24 million people just like Moshen in urgent need of help in Yemen – that’s as many as the entire population of Australia.
Your donation could help save their lives.
On top of the coronavirus, CARE is helping the Yemeni people ward off the spread of Cholera, which continues to take lives.
Karima, in the video below, lost her son to the painful illness.
How CARE is helping the people of Yemen
CARE is reaching more than 1 million people every month in Yemen, providing lifesaving food, water, medical supplies, and other critical aid to those in need.
CARE has worked in Yemen since 1992 and is one of few international aid agencies braving the conflict and continuing to deliver humanitarian aid under extremely challenging circumstances. We have already reached millions people in some of the hardest-hit and most hard-to-reach areas.
Working with local partner organisations, we are repairing water systems, constructing toilets, distributing hygiene kits and relief supplies.
To limit the spread of the pandemic, CARE is providing hygiene kits to families living in makeshift camps, delivering safe water to public facilities like hospitals and schools, and supporting solid waste disposal through clean up campaigns in public spaces.
Spotlight on Yemen
CARE’s Karl-Otto Zentel visited Yemen in 2017 and answers five burning questions about the crisis affecting more than 22 million people. To what extent has the situation for Yemenis deteriorated? After another two years of war, the current situation is disastrous. More than 10,000 people have died so far during brutal conflict, and about 17…
"My daughters freeze at night." - on the brink of famine in Yemen
Across the besieged country of Yemen, millions of families are freezing, starving, and homeless. Najla (4) used to live in the warm, sunny, port city of Hodeidah in Yemen with her little sister (2) and her mother. Her father has passed away. In June 2018, as fighting reached Hodeidah, they were forced to flee to…
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