Yemen Is Facing a Humanitarian Crisis

Tasnum Raja, Staff Writer

Since 2016, Yemen has been in a civil war.

By 2017, The United Nations declared Yemen to be the world’s largest humanitarian disaster. 

24 million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance. This is 80 percent of their populations. Two-thirds of the districts are already facing pre-famine. 

The rest face a  convergence of different vulnerabilities.

Compared to 2018, in 2019, there was a 50 percent increase in the number of people that were able to receive aid by the world food program.

Also in 2019, there were over 50 percent fewer civilian deaths than in 2018. Despite these numbers being promising, the UNHCR states that 24.1 million Yemenis are still struggling.

In fact, two-thirds of the people in the country can not afford basic needs. This is due to the fact that prices have increased since income has stagnated.

Moreover, this February, the first flight of critically-ill patients left Yemen for Jordan in order to be treated. The spread of Covid-19 has made the state of Yemen even worse.

Because of the virus, the flights had to be stoped. Also, the number of staff members decreased because of the risk that Covid-19 may spread to the patients. Also, as Yemen approaches its rainy season, there may be another cholera outbreak. Last year’s cholera outbreak was declared the second-worst outbreak in global history.

The Swedish international development agency states that “The plight of Yemen is a triple man-made tragedy (conflict, looming famine, an outbreak of cholera) and directly linked to the ongoing conflict.”

It is true that all the suffering is caused by man, but on a positive note, more and more people are pitching in and doing their part to help.

Hopefully, Yemen will recover from this horrific crisis soon.

Until then, articles like the one summarized, are here to inform us of the state of Yemen.