Humanitarian needs demand urgent attention


April 1, 2012

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After last year's revolution, Yemen is not only navigating a challenging political transition, but also faces an acute humanitarian crisis that threatens the lives of millions of residents.

Unpredictable violence has displaced more than 500,000 Yemenis, while food and fuel prices are rising and basic services have deteriorated. Current reports estimate that 5 million people are severely food insecure, and approximately 48% of the population does not have access to clean water.

Mercy Corps, along with fellow aid agencies, is part of the Humanitarian Communication Network advocating for greater international support to Yemen. HCN produced this video to encourage the Friends of Yemen to prioritize a response to these critical needs. The multi-national group of countries, including the U.S., U.K., Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, is meeting this week to discuss Yemen's transition and economic recovery.

Mercy Corps has worked in Yemen since 2010, beginning with youth programs to promote community involvement, job skills and peace-building. We're currently addressing urgent needs by providing emergency food, rehabilitating water supplies and setting up safe spaces for children to continue school.

Download the accompanying report to learn more about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Also available to download in Arabic.