Meet the emergency needs of families affected by political instability and violence. Reduce tensions between communities to create economic opportunities for vulnerable households, improve families’ ability to weather recurring shocks and promote gender integration and equal opportunities for women and girls.
Yemen faces deep, systemic problems that have resulted in protracted conflicts throughout the country. It is the poorest country in the Middle East, and economic difficulties sparked uprisings in 2011. Since then, continued overlapping tensions are bringing the civilian population to the brink of an emergency situation.
- Emergency response: Providing food and increasing access to water and sanitation for the most vulnerable families.
- Children & Youth: Helping children through trauma and supporting 800 young people aged 15 to 26 to develop job skills and improve their communities.
All stories about Yemen
Yemen: A witness to distress in beautiful land July 19, 2012
Since Mercy Corps began working in Yemen in October 2010, we have kept our main office in the capital city of Sana’a. I see more and more women and young girls begging for food on the streets. Last month, nearly 100 soldiers were killed here by a suicide bomb.
Yemen: Relief and development in the slums of the forgotten July 19, 2012
Called akhdam, “the servants,” by their fellow countrymen — and muhamashyn, “the marginalised,” by organizations working to help them — Yemen’s outcasts stand outside of the nation’s already tumultuous social, economic and political life.
Yemen: Hadeel's journey from student to staff July 3, 2012
Hadeel’s story is one of new beginnings. Born and raised in Aden, a major city on Yemen’s southeast coast, Hadeel was previously a professional volleyball player. He was even chosen for Yemen’s national team. But a few years ago, a tragic accident forced him to reconsider his career.
Yemen: New food program prevents kids from going hungry May 26, 2012
Milk? Vegetables? Women from Mawza District in central Yemen laugh. “We dream about the taste of milk, vegetables and fruits.” The reason? Mafi fuloos, they answer — no money.
Yemen: A fresh coat of paint can make all the difference April 26, 2012
Yemen’s youth are demanding change across the country on a large scale, but I’ve also seen them bring it in their communities one improvement at a time.
Yemen: Humanitarian needs demand urgent attention April 1, 2012
Yemen: Assessing needs in Yemen December 28, 2011
Veteran aid workers Richard Jaquot and Mugur Dumitrache recently visited Yemen to assess the prospects for helping supply water, provide work opportunities, and support the psychosocial needs of communities impacted by the country's mulitple crises.
Yemen: Emergency responders deployed to help conflict-displaced families December 16, 2011
Mercy Corps has deployed two emergency specialists to Yemen to evaluate ways in which the agency can help the growing number of families there displaced by conflict.
Yemen: Addressing conflict by helping youth November 30, 2011
As Yemen continues to grapple with political turmoil and multiple conflicts, Mercy Corps is hoping that engaging youth in their communities can help the country realize a brighter future.
Yemen: Helping youth connect to opportunity in Yemen March 1, 2011
Umelto (Alto) Labetubun is Mercy Corps' representative in Yemen, our newest country program. Originally from Ambon, Indonesia, Alto began working for Mercy Corps in 2000, when his home island was rocked by a sectarian conflict that killed thousands and displaced more than a half-million people.