Yemen Crisis: our partner is getting aid to desperate families
14 December 2016
More than seven million people are suffering from severe hunger in Yemen, and children are dying from malnutrition and preventable diseases.
CAFOD and the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) have launched an appeal to help, and our partner is on the ground making sure aid reaches those who need it most.
Giovanna Reda, CAFOD’s Head of Humanitarian Programmes for the Middle East, said:
“A staggering 7 million people are starving in Yemen this December – the combined population of Northern Ireland and Scotland. The ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been largely ignored up until now, but millions are suffering who need our help.”
“Our partner is working to provide nutrition services to mothers and babies, food aid to vulnerable families, water and sanitation services to communities, and to deliver essential drugs and medical supplies through mobile clinics” said Giovanna.
“We are unable to name our partner on the ground because of security reasons – but they have already conducted rapid needs assessments to identify the most vulnerable families and are getting the emergency aid they urgently need to them. With your help, we can reach even more people.”
Our partner first began assisting people in Yemen in 2012, providing clean water and emergency aid to villages in the south of the country. Due to escalating violence, they had to suspend their relief programmes in May 2015 but were able to resume life-saving emergency operations one month later.
They have established relationships with Yemeni communities and local aid agencies; working with local water committees, and health workers – managing acute malnutrition cases and childhood illnesses.
Catholic Community at the helm of our Yemen Crisis Appeal
The continued generosity and compassion of the Catholic community across England and Wales is allowing us to support our partner to scale up their work.
“As Christmas looms, the Catholic community - ordinary men, women and children – are giving what they can. Their generosity means that our partner, despite working in a challenging and complex environment, can continue to respond in some of the worst affected areas getting emergency aid to where it is needed most.”