UN Migration Agency and EU Step Up Aid for 325,000 Yemenis in Need — Global Issues

Those in need will be provided with urgently needed shelter, health, money, protection services and support for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

The situation is also deteriorating for migrants in Yemen, especially women – IOM Chief of Mission

Over the past seven years, the conflict in Yemen between a Saudi Arabia-led pro-government coalition and Houthi rebels has sparked a severe humanitarian crisis, displacing more than 4.3 million people, destroying vital infrastructure and the needs of migrants, displaced persons and host countries have increased. communities, IOM said.

“The situation is also deteriorating for migrants in Yemen, especially women, who live in appalling conditions in Yemen and have little control over their lives,” said Christa Rottensteiner, head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) mission in the country.

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According to the UN Humanitarian Office, two in three Yemenis depend on humanitarian aid.

And across the country, at least 7.4 million Yemenis need shelter and household items, while 17.8 million need WASH support.

Meanwhile, needs continue to grow, as food and fuel prices soar, as populations struggle to survive in an economic crisis exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, which supplied nearly 30 percent of Yemen’s wheat supply before the fighting.

“Conflicts remain the leading cause of displacement, but communities’ humanitarian needs have been exacerbated by a weakened economy,” Ms Rottensteiner said.

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People in rural Yemen suffer from extreme hunger.

Despite the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis, Yemen remains a key point on the migration route from the Horn of Africa to Saudi Arabia, where many look for work.

It is estimated that tens of thousands are stranded and unable to return home or reach their destination, and many have been subjected to serious human rights violations. So far this year, the number of migrants entering Yemen is picking up again, with nearly 25,000 arrivals estimated in the first four months of 2022.

EU contributions enable IOM to provide health assistance, safe migration information and personal protection to thousands of these migrants.

For internally displaced persons, IOM supports location management and coordination of services at 61 relocation locations. Cash assistance is being provided to those displaced by the fighting and to families whose shelters need to be restored to avoid the risk of flooding and fire.

The funding also makes it possible to distribute life-saving water to communities, provide hygiene kits, restore water and sanitation infrastructure and conduct hygiene campaigns to reduce the risk of disease outbreaks.

“This renewed partnership with the EU enables IOM to continue its activities and reach thousands of displaced persons and migrants with aid essential to their survival,” added Ms Rottensteiner.

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