Yemen 2011

CERF provides $8.5 million for Yemen humanitarian response

22 July 2011: Civil unrest in Yemen led the Emergency Relief Coordinator to allocate $8.5 million to support the humanitarian response in July. As ongoing unrest escalated into open conflict there was widespread displacement of the civilian population. The crisis disrupted basic social services and caused dramatic increases in essential commodity prices, putting additional strain on an already vulnerable population.

After receiving $2.5 million from the CERF, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) was able to provide shelter materials and non-food items to some 35,000 displaced people in areas directly affected by the conflict. The World Health Organization (WHO) used $2.2 million to deploy mobile health teams in conflict-affected areas, as well as supporting existing health providers to prepare for mass casualties arising from the conflict. An allocation of $1.6 million allowed the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide emergency food for some 21,000 displaced people, as well as an additional 3,000 East African migrants left stranded in Yemen by the crisis.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) received $900,000 of CERF funding to provide a comprehensive package of support to the displaced population in southern Yemen, including safe water delivery, distribution of shelter and non-food items, and a fully-equipped mobile health clinic. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) used a $400,000 CERF allocation to provide reproductive health services for the displaced population, as well as support for victims of gender-based violence.

CERF has allocated $6.2 million to humanitarian agencies in Yemen

17 May 2011:  CERF provides over $2 million for humanitarian needs following civil unrest in Yemen.

The events sweeping across the Arab region have had a big impact on Yemen, translating into civil unrest. Although these demonstrations are lead by the youth, participants cut across all demographic groups and gender. With the high number of demonstrations and associated violence sustained over several months, high numbers of injuries and wider protection impacts have been recorded across the country.
In response, CERF will provide $250,000 to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for monitoring and responding to violations against children’s rights. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will use $320,000 to increase national capacity to protect victims of violence.  Finally, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will use nearly $1.7 million for mass casualty management.
In response to conflict in northern Yemen, CERF will provide over $4 million
As a result of conflict in northern Yemen, more than 320,000 people have been displaced.  The conflict has resulted in severe disruptions to basic services and insecurity. Amongst the population, it is estimated that about 60 percent are persons whose specific needs include shelter, non-food items, food and health services. A recent agreement in April among the parties to the conflict has increased access for humanitarian agencies and this has led to the possibility of providing life-saving assistance to IDPs.
As a result, CERF will provide over $4 million to three humanitarian agencies. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will provide emergency assistance and the World Food Programme (WFP) will provide food.

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