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 District of Yemen—an area that has experienced extremely intense conflict—PWS&D is responding to meet urgent food needs by supporting members of Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The response will provide 1,100 vulnerable families with packages of flour, beans, oil, sugar and salt.
To address the critical need for safe water and reduce the spread of disease, PWS&D is responding through a faith-based consortium to rehabilitate existing water sources. This response will benefit over 15,000 people. Additionally, solar water pumps will be provided, and water management committees will be 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