Yemen 2012

CERF gives $8.5 million to UN partners to aid conflict-affected people in Yemen

14 August 2012: Since June 2012, the Republic of Yemen’s southern region has been in a state of conflict. This was triggered by the Government’s decision to recapture armed militant strongholds in the south. A chronically underdeveloped country and the recent political, social and economic instability in southern Yemen have placed a high toll on more than 452,000 Yemeni people.

The political instability in the south and weakened presence of central Government authorities resulted in the collapse of key public services, such as health care, education, law enforcement, and water and sanitation. The widespread presence of landmines and unexploded ordnance in the area puts local people at risk, with a reported 87 people killed. Further compounding the humanitarian situation, more than half a million Yemeni people are internally displaced due to ongoing fighting in the north and south. Yemen also hosts more than 200,000 refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa. Food insecurity has doubled in the last two years, and nearly 1 million children under age 5 suffer from malnutrition.

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CERF gives $10 million for Internally Displaced in Yemen

24 April 2012: Yemen continues to face a complex emergency, including widespread conflict-driven displacement concentrated in the north and south of the country. Yemen is currently experiencing two simultaneous episodes of displacement affecting 13,500 newly displaced families, including 5,500 in the north and 8,000 in the south. This new influx also adversely affects the conditions of more than 100,000 people living in host communities, thus increasing the number of people in need as a direct result of this crisis to more than 190,000 people. 

Most displaced families are required to flee at short notice as the fighting approaches their community. The majority who flee on foot are not able to carry food or non-food items. Pregnant women, children and the elderly are the most affected by such sudden and traumatic displacement.

CERF gives $10 million for Internally Displaced in Yemen

26 March 2012: The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated almost US$5 million to support a national immunization campaign to protect 7.9 million Yemeni children under age 10 from a deadly measles outbreak.
Measles has re-emerged in epidemic proportions in Yemen, claiming the lives of more than 155 children under age 5 in Yemen since the middle of last year. A total of 3,800 new measles cases were reported between January 2011 and early March 2012. If left unchecked, the epidemic could infect an estimated 30,000 children and cause 5,000 deaths per year, according to an OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin published earlier this month.

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