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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.

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  • 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

We have been working in Yemen since 2010. 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.

Yemen is now at risk of famine. Approximately 7.3 million people need emergency food assistance. Two years of war have devastated huge segments of the population and exacerbated food insecurity.

Agricultural production has drastically declined while the cost of living has risen 40%. As conflict intensifies, food access will only become more limited and the situation more desperate. Get the quick facts about famine ▸

Already, the situation is so dire that a child under the age of five dies every ten minutes from preventable causes, including hunger, disease and violence.

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.
  • 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.

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