Q&A: How women are surviving as Yemen enters its fourth year of war

CARE's Suha Basharen, a Yemeni aid worker and gender expert. Photo by: CARE / Abdulhakim

NEW YORK — Humanitarian needs continue to mount in Yemen as the Arab nation entered its fourth year of deadly civil war in March.

Another cholera outbreak is on the horizon as the country enters its rainy season, the World Health Organization and UNICEF have warned. The rapid spread of the water-borne disease infected more than 1 million people last year and killed more than 2,230.

And the number of civilians in need of assistance grew by 1 million from June 2017 to January 2018, now topping 22.2 million. There is an immense need for funding; on April 3, the United Nations will host a high-level pledging event to close the $2.7 billion gap on its humanitarian work in Yemen.

The conflict has thrust many women into the unfamiliar role of serving as breadwinners for families fractured by the ongoing fighting, explains Yemeni Suha Basharen, a gender specialist with the international relief organization CARE. She spoke with Devex in a recent phone interview on the ongoing humanitarian situation and the changing role of women in her country.

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