Share this page:
  • linkedin
  • google

Emergency alert

The United Nations has declared famine in parts of South Sudan, and has also announced that Yemen, Somalia, and parts of Nigeria are on the brink of famine. Your help is urgently needed to respond to these crises and others around the world.

Donate now
  • Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Meet the emergency needs of families affected by political instability and violence. Improve families' ability to weather recurring shocks, rehabilitate community infrastructure and provide families with critical support to ensure their food security needs are met.

The context

Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, faces deep, systemic problems that have resulted in protracted conflicts throughout the country for many years.

In March of 2015, violent clashes between government and non-government forces erupted, fueling ongoing warfare that has since forced more than 3 million people from their homes and left 18.1 million people — 68 percent of the population — in need of humanitarian aid.

Continued violence and shortages of essential supplies are bringing the civilian population to the brink of emergency. Already, more than 14.1 million people are facing hunger. If the violence continues, a rapid, alarming deterioration in the precarious food security situation could cause these numbers to rise across the country.

Our work

  • Emergency response: Providing food and hygiene supplies, and increasing access to water and sanitation for the most vulnerable families.
  • Agriculture & Food: Distributing food vouchers. Helping sesame farmers increase their yields. Treating malnourished children through mobile clinics and at health facilities.
  • Water: Constructing and rehabilitating water systems, irrigation channels, toilet facilities and other community infrastructure. Promoting proper hygiene in schools and communities.
  • Economic opportunity: Providing urgently needed income through cash-for-work projects and creating new livelihoods through cash transfers and vocational training.

All stories about Yemen