Civil conflict in Yemen has produced the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet. Airstrikes and fighting have killed thousands and devastated the lives of millions by impacting the availability of food, clean water and other essential services.
Conflict intensified in March 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition intervened in support of the internationally recognized government against Houthi rebels aligned with Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Fighting at the port of entry for much of the country’s food has stopped imports and blocked other vital aid shipments. About 16 million people wake up to severe hunger every day, and the country is on the brink of famine.
Conflict has impacted the availability of clean water and sanitation, which has led to the worst cholera outbreak in the world. The spread of the waterborne disease has been exacerbated by the collapse of Yemen’s health system.
Responding to the Crisis in Yemen
In the Harib Al Qaramish, Magrib Ans and Al Manar Districts of Yemen—areas that have experienced extremely intense conflict—PWS&D is responding to provide life-saving food assistance by supporting members of Canadian Foodgrains Bank.The first phase of the response provided 2,256 vulnerable families with nutritional support. A second phase will provide 1,150 households with food vouchers to address the increasing food insecurity in the area.
To address the critical need for safe water and reduce the spread of disease, in 2019, PWS&D responded through a faith-based consortium to rehabilitate existing water sources. This response benefited over 15,000 people. Additionally, solar water pumps were provided, and water management committees were trained to manage and care for water sources.
Respond with Us
Global media attention has shifted from this crisis, but the needs in Yemen continue to mount. We need your help to save lives. Please donate today.
You can make a donation to PWS&D through your church, by mailing a cheque to the office, donating online or calling 1-800-619-7301 x 291. Please mark all donations “Yemen Crisis.”
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Banner photo: Airstrikes destroyed Ahmed’s home in Yemen, forcing him to take shelter with his wife and their seven children under a bridge in the country’s largest city. Credit: ADRA Canada