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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.
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.
- 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
Yemen: The promise of youth
I live in Aden, Yemen. I have high hopes for my community and believe we can help it become peaceful and prosperous. But the crises that have engulfed Yemen in the last year have had a negative effect on my people.
Yemen: How we can turn the tide
Some say Yemen is on the edge of abyss. But there is a tremendous opportunity in Yemen — especially if we can harness the potential of the youth.
Yemen: Beyond protests, a country working to thrive
Yemen does not have a movie theater and only 11% of the population has access to the Internet. Nonetheless, “Innocence of Muslims,” the now notorious film that mocks Prophet Muhammad, generated violent protests in the capital of Sana’a this week.
Yemen: Protecting children in the crossfire
Seven-year-old Hadiel looked forward to starting first grade last year at Nusaybah school, in the heart of Yemen’s capital of Sana’a. But the presence of heavily armed soldiers and certainty of violence kept her home.
Yemen: A witness to distress in beautiful land
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
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
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
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
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