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The people of yemen are not starving.
They are being starved.

Continuing conflict, airstrikes and restrictions on imports have left 14 million people facing famine in Yemen. Nearly half of all children aged between six months and five years are chronically malnourished.

Before this war, Yemen was already one of the poorest countries in the Middle East. Its citizens relied on imports for 90 per cent of their food. Over three years of violence has pushed the country to the brink of famine.

Food supplies and distribution networks have been bombed and attacked.

The currency has collapsed and the price of essential food items has doubled.

Sickness and disease are killing people already weak through starvation.

"I think many of us felt as we went into the 21st century that it was unthinkable that we could see a famine like we saw in Ethiopia… the reality is that in Yemen that is precisely what we are looking at."

Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian co-ordinator for Yemen

what’s happening in yemen?

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Since April 2015, Yemen has been in the grip of a war where the Saudi-led coalition and the internationally recognised government are battling with the Houthis to control key ports and cities in the country.

Ordinary civilians are paying the terrible price. Around 22.2 million people – 75% of the entire country - are in need of humanitarian and protection assistance1.

All warring parties, and those fuelling the conflict through arms transfers, are implicated in this totally man-made humanitarian crisis.

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Ahmed Ali with his son Qassem at a Cholera Treatment Centre, operated by Médecins Sans Frontières: "I couldn’t do anything to prevent my family from getting affected by cholera. The disease will continue to spread unless we have a free clean water to drink. We are very poor people, and I hope that the war will stop: it is the major cause for these dark days."

Photo: Ameen Al-Ghaberi/Gabreeze Yemen

Ahmed had to take his children and run when bullets flew through his house: “We were walking in a remote place with nothing around us. All of these are kids forced to walk despite the harsh conditions and lack of water and food.” Over 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes in Yemen.

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Jameela and her children live in one small room together. Soaring food prices mean they often go to bed hungry. Jameela doesn't have a source of income, but borrows money from her neighbours and pays off her debt whenever she gets money.

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Five-month-old Khulood waits with her grandmother in Al-Saba'een Hospital, Sana'a. She received treatment after falling ill with acute watery diarrhoea. Some of their neighbours have died from cholera.

"Famine is imminent. It could happen any time... People have [sold] all their belongings and they have nothing more to sell in order to get food. There are no job opportunities."

An Oxfam Aid Worker in Yemen

Jeremy Hunt

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We’re calling on all sides to agree an immediate ceasefire, a halt of international arms sales to all sides, the reopening and repairing of ports, and the guaranteed protection of aid deliveries, food imports and food production.

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Oxfam’s work in yemen

Since July 2015 Oxfam has reached more than 3 million people in nine governorates of Yemen – with clean water, sanitation and help to buy food.

Oxfam has been working in Yemen since 1983, and we have never seen a humanitarian crisis of this scale in the country. It is now one of our biggest responses. The ongoing war make our work incredibly challenging, but we’re determined to keep on doing what it takes to save lives.

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39 tonnes of life-saving aid arrives in Yemen from Oxfam's emergency warehouse in Bicester, UK. The shipment includes water storage tanks, pipes and fittings, buckets, water testing and purification kits and oral rehydration sachets.

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An Oxfam water tank provides clean water to people fleeing violence in Taiz.

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Oxfam staff register people for a food distribution. Food items for displaced people, voucher systems and cash transfers are helping people to feed their families and buy other essential items.

Our work in Yemen last year

In 2017/18 we spent over £24 million of valued donations in life-saving aid.

Clean water for 750,000 people

Trucking water to hard-to-reach areas, repairing water systems, and delivering kits such as water filters and jerry cans.

Sanitation facilities for 600,000 people

Building latrines and handwashing points, providing hygiene supplies like buckets and soap.

Disease prevention for 650,000 people

Organising cleaning campaigns and raising awareness of hygiene practices.

Food and income assistance for 300,000 people

Cash and work schemes to support the local economy and help more people to feed their families.

Emergency shelter for 25,000 people

Supporting people who have been forced to flee fighting in places like Hudaydah and Taiz.

You can support our work by donating to our Yemen Crisis Appeal.

For every £1 you donate, we will allocate 10p to covering general support and running costs.

In the unlikely event that we will raise more money than is needed for this appeal, we'll spend any additional funds on other projects - wherever the need is greatest.

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