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13.11.2018 | Project Update

Support For Families In War-Torn Yemen

The scale and intensity of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen continue to increase. More than 22 million people need humanitarian assistance. Welthungerhilfe supports its partner ACTED in helping the most vulnerable families.

Beneficiaries lining up at a cash distribution in Yemen
Beneficiaries lining up at a cash distribution in Yemen © ACTED
Kerstin Bandsom Team Communications

Raymah, a small and remote agricultural governorate nestled between the Yemeni mountains, has not been spared from the terrible effects of the ongoing conflict, reducing the governorate’s population to destitution. As the conflict enters its fourth year, the scale and intensity of the humanitarian crisis continue to increase, leading to a further deterioration of the already dire context. According to the most recent humanitarian data, 22.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and half of them require immediate life-saving assistance.

Assistance For The Most Vulnerable

The widespread insecurity, the lack of public services, the fuel shortage, the lack of water and the sharp rise of the market prices have exacerbated pre-existing vulnerabilities, leaving the majority of the population on the brink of starvation and at risk of illness and malnutrition. The families in Raymah were ravaged by conflict for years and now find themselves deprived of essential means of survival. ACTED, supported by Welthungerhilfe, decided to intervene in this isolated area of Yemen to assist the most vulnerable families through the provision of cash to support the purchase of food and basic commodities. The teams directly supported 1,188 households, reaching a total number of 8,316 individuals with three rounds of cash, sufficient to buy staple food and respond to basic needs.

Communities are at the center of our approach: in Raymah, we worked alongside the community committees and community members to prioritize and identify the most vulnerable households. Thanks to the community support, ACTED managed to reach the families most in need of help, specifically female-headed and displaced households in areas not covered by humanitarian assistance. Although temporary, the assistance provided the families in need with basic food, contributing to reducing the risk of malnutrition. The cash distribution benefitted the families in need, while stimulating the local markets, thus strengthening the livelihood of many vendors. 

ACTED and Welthungerhilfe will continue to support responses to immediate needs and strengthen long-term resilience of communities affected by the ongoing conflict.

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