The ongoing attacks on the port of Hodeidah are multiplying the horror and death in Yemen.
As the fifth year of war begins, the resulting displacement, hunger and disease have made Yemen the worst humanitarian crisis on earth. On top of the 60,000 already dead, more than 24 million people – 80 per cent of the population – are in desperate need of assistance. More than 9.6 million people are on the brink of famine and are barely surviving. Families are facing the combined threats of conflict, cholera, and starvation.
“We are horrified by the latest developments in Hodeidah,” said Johan Mooij, CARE International Country Director in Yemen. “There is currently only enough food in Yemen to sustain the population for two to three months, and it is the most vulnerable – especially women and children – who will be hit the hardest.”
As well as the threat of violence, more than 1.3 million Yemenis have been infected with cholera – 2,300 of whom have died as a result. It is the worst cholera outbreak in history.
CARE is already reaching more than 1 million people every month in Yemen, providing lifesaving food, water, medical supplies, and other critical aid to those in need.
How CARE is helping
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 cholera, CARE is providing safe water to public facilities like hospitals and schools and supporting solid waste disposal through clean up campaigns in public spaces.
We are doing everything possible to ensure children and families have something to eat by distributing food and cash, often in hard-to-reach areas.
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"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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