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Yemeni families need your help to win their fight against famine

23 Nov 2018
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Haroon was only 20 days old when this photo was taken. Like little Haroon, millions of people in Yemen are suffering from the impact of years of conflict and need urgent help. Photo: UN OCHA/Matteo Minasi

Four years after the brutal conflict began in Yemen, the country is in the grip of the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. Almost 80 per cent of the population —22.2 million people — needs humanitarian assistance. In his briefing to the UN Security Council on 23 October 2018, Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock warned of “a clear and present danger of an imminent and great big famine engulfing Yemen: much bigger than anything any professional in this field has seen during their working lives.”


Adbulrahamman is six months old but weighs only 2.8 kg, less than many newborns in Yemen. We need your urgent help to win the fight against famine in Yemen. Photo: UN OCHA/Matteo Minasi

A tragedy is unfolding on our watch.

At the end of last year, one aid agency estimated that 130 children under 5 were dying every day from extreme hunger and disease. That’s nearly 50,000 children during the course of a year.

Together with our partners we are working tirelessly to provide Yemenis with urgently needed humanitarian aid. Each month, 8 million people receive health care in Yemen. Additionally, 7 million people receive food aid and 7.4 million people are given clean water and sanitation support.

We are working tirelessly to help families in Yemen, but we cannot do this without you.

Giving Tuesday is the most significant annual global day to donate. It falls on 27 November. Since its inception in 2012, Giving Tuesday has grown into a movement built by individuals, families and organizations around the world. Every year, millions of people come together and contribute to humanitarian causes in a meaningful way.

This year, we are joining Giving Tuesday. Donate to the Yemen Humanitarian Fund to help UN agencies and humanitarian NGOs in Yemen assist the most vulnerable people. This rapid and flexible response fund will provide people with urgently needed food, water, shelter and other basic support.

This Giving Tuesday, you can make a difference.