A Yemeni boy displaced by the war

Yemen Crisis

Yemen Crisis

Jamal*, 5, and his family were displaced by the war and now benefit from an Oxfam clean water scheme. Image: Ammar Bamatraf/DEC

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Key achievements

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£30 million

raised, including £5 million matched by the UK Government

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people gained access to safe clean drinking water

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people treated for diseases and conflict-related injuries

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people reached with food assistance

In December 2016, after 19 months of brutal civil war, Yemen was on the brink of collapse with over 20 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

More than half the population - some 17 million people - did not have enough to eat, and 7 million were at risk of famine. Public services had broken down, with nearly 15 million people unable to access even basic health care. More than 3 million people had been forced to flee their homes amid ongoing violence and were living in makeshift accommodation or seeking shelter in public buildings. 

A child is fitted with a mask at a hygiene training session run by CARE International in Yemen to help prevent the spread of coronavirus to vulnerable communites

Children are shown how to use masks and wash their hands to stay healthy and avoid spreading Covid-19. Image: Sarah Alabsie/CARE

Although our appeal is now closed, sadly the crisis in Yemen is far from over.

Please consider donating to one of our member charities with open appeals for Yemen:

Clare Balding presents the Yemen Crisis Appeal on the BBC

The Yemen Crisis Appeal with Clare Balding

Clare Balding presents the Yemen Crisis Appeal after the news on the BBC.

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Watch DEC Yemen Crisis Appeal -  Clare Balding BBC on YouTube.

How your donations helped

The DEC launched the Yemen Crisis Appeal in December 2016, raising a total of £30 million including £5 million in Aid Match from the UK government. Amid ongoing conflict across the country, aid workers were able to get through, delivering life-saving humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands.

More than 996,000 people received some form of assistance. In addition to bringing vital food assistance to at least 112,000 people, more than 755,000 people gained access to safe water. 

Health services were supported with more than 58,000 people receiving treatment for cholera. More than 25,000 women received reproductive health care including ante/postnatal services. More than 154,000 people in total accessed some form of healthcare as a result of DEC funds.

Omar and his son stand by their food basket

Omar received food aid funded by the DEC's Yemen Crisis Appeal. Image: Ammar Bamatraf/DEC

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25-year-old Omar and his family had been through so much and were struggling to survive after losing family members during the war. They did not have enough to eat and couldn’t afford to buy food with Omar's income from collecting waste plastic.

"The food basket helps us so much," said Omar. "I wouldn't be able to afford to buy this food. It should last us around a month and a half."

DEC member CAFOD provided food assistance to people like Omar across Aden, Yemen and thanks to DEC funds, more than 112,000 people were helped with food assistance.