Humanitarian Situation in Yemen 'Deteriorating'

Yemenis displaced by the ongoing conflict in the country register to receive humanitarian aid. Photo by: R. Nuri / UNHCR

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the continued violence in Yemen, and the United Nations is concerned the situation would deteriorate further despite the recent transfer of power.

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Catherine Bragg said many people could not return home due to insecurity and fears of retaliation. Many have also lost their assets and livelihood, and have found refuge in host families or schools in the seaport city of Aden and other neighboring governorates. And in northern Yemen, 300,000 people remain displaced by the conflict at Sa’ada province.

“I remain deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in Yemen,” she said. “Despite the best efforts of aid agencies, I noticed a deterioration of the situation compared to what I saw a year ago.”

Apart from the problem of displacement, Bragg said she saw chronic deprivation, a breakdown of essential services and a looming health crisis in Yemen. She said she already called the attention of the local authorities to find a “durable solution” for the displaced and to ensure humanitarian workers have access to all areas to deliver on people’s needs.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.