Yemen – Active Emergency Zone

An already dire humanitarian situation in Yemen has now gotten progressively worse after conflict escalated in mid-March 2015. More than 1.5 million people have been affected. The majority of them, about 1.4 million people, have become internally displaced—leaving in search of safety away from the more intense conflict zones.

Conditions are deteriorating quickly, and they’re only expected to get worse. Electricity cuts and shortages of fuel and water are complicating difficulties for many people. Hospitals are overwhelmed, and food and medical aid are scarce. Families are suffering.

Yemen—one of the oldest inhabited areas on Earth—is also one of the poorest and least developed countries in the Arab world. According to the World Food Program, an estimated 12.9 million people in Yemen are food insecure (that’s a 20% increase since the most recent conflict began). The country’s child malnutrition rates are among the highest in the world: 1.2 million children in Yemen suffer from moderate acute malnutrition, and 500,000 are severely malnourished.

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