9 years of war in Yemen

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21.6

million people need humanitarian aid

8240

suspected cholera cases since mid-March 2024

623000

have received our support

Aid for Yemen

A horrific war has been raging in Yemen since 2015. The brutal conflict and its consequences have already claimed tens of thousands of lives and sparked one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world, with children suffering in particular.

The situation is currently being aggravated by a new cholera outbreak. We are already in contact with our local partner to enable the treatment of cholera patients and to initiate preventive measures in the Hajjah region.

We urgently ask for donations for this purpose:

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How is Help providing support in Yemen?

Fighting the cholera epidemic in Yemen

Another cholera outbreak in Yemen: Over 8,000 suspected cases have been registered in Yemen since mid-March 2024. Cholera is a severe diarrheal disease that is usually transmitted via contaminated drinking water and leads to a large loss of fluids in those infected. Without treatment, a cholera infection can be fatal, especially if those infected are weakened by malnutrition. Children, the elderly and immunocompromised people are particularly at risk.

We are already in contact with our local partner organization in order to provide rapid cholera aid in our project region of Hajjah. In addition to the vital treatment of sick people, we are planning hygiene trainings so that people can protect themselves from infection. We are urgently dependent on donations for our cholera aid: Donate now!

Averting a lost generation

More than 2 million children in Yemen do not go to school. In the north-west of the country, we are therefore working to improve access to education for children and young people: 40 schools in the Hajjah region are being rehabilitated and repaired so that around 19,000 children can once again learn in an appropriate school environment and receive a sustainable education. Children who are at an increased risk of dropping out of school receive additional learning support.

We are also training teachers to improve the quality of teaching and the learning environment for children. Teachers are also trained to strengthen the emotional well-being of the children.

400 families who are dependent on agriculture and whose children have not yet been able to go to school receive support in (re)building their livelihoods. The aim is to prevent children from dropping out of school in order to support their families financially through work. At the same time, adults are taught basic reading and writing skills.

Help has been active in Yemen since 2020 and has concentrated in particular on improving access to drinking water and healthcare in recent years. Our focus has been on the treatment of cholera. So far, we have been able to reach over 623,000 people in the Hajjah region with our aid measures.

What is the situation like in Yemen?

21.6 million people in Yemen need humanitarian aid

The situation in Yemen is catastrophic. The reason for the ongoing war is violent clashes between the Houthi movement and a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia. As a result, silent death looms everywhere: hunger and diseases such as cholera are omnipresent. Healthcare has completely collapsed as a result of the war and food prices have risen sharply. Children in Yemen in particular are suffering from the effects of the war: more than 2 million children under the age of five are at risk of malnutrition. The resulting undesirable developments cannot be reversed.

In addition, an entire generation is at risk of being lost: As a result of nine years of ongoing war, society is suffering from a severe economic crisis that denies many children access to education. In rural regions in particular, where many people are dependent on agriculture, boys usually have to help their fathers work in the fields, while girls have to support their mothers fetching water, collecting firewood or herding cattle. Despite all this, the income is barely enough to survive.

Around 21.6 million Yemenis are currently living in poverty, which is over two thirds of the population. Children in particular are suffering. They lack everything: food, access to clean water and sanitary facilities, schooling and a life in dignity and security.d security.

The desire for a safe home

Hassan sits in front of his hut

When war broke out in 2015, everything changed for 55-year-old Hassan and his family. They were forced to leave their home and all their belongings behind. They set off on foot in search of a safe place. Fear, hunger and hardship were their constant companions.

Today, the family lives in a small mud hut that offers little protection. Hassan walks a long way every day to earn a little money as a day laborer on banana farms. Nevertheless, the family relies on support like that from Help. When his children were sick recently, Hassan received medication, water filters, chlorine and soap at the health center. "What I get from my work is not enough to buy flour. What do you think it will look like with medicines?"

Hassan's greatest wish is that the war in Yemen comes to an end and that he can return home with his family. "The war has only brought me fatigue and suffering."

We live in a house made of mud and thatched roofs. When it rains, the mud dissolves and we have to repair the roof.

Hassan, 55 years old

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Q&A

The situation in Yemen is one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world. The war, which has been going on since 2015, is being fought primarily on the backs of the population. Many hospitals, drinking water and sewage systems have been destroyed. In total, over 377,000 people have been killed by the war, most of whom died as a result of indirect consequences such as hunger or disease. Yemen is currently experiencing the worst cholera epidemic in the world. Over two thirds of the population are dependent on humanitarian aid.

Over 18 million people in Yemen have no access to a safe water and sanitation supply. They are forced to obtain their drinking water from contaminated sources and are therefore often exposed to diseases such as cholera. The inadequate sanitation poses a major threat.

More than 2 million school-age children in Yemen do not go to school. Two thirds of the teaching staff - over 170,000 teachers - no longer receive a regular salary. 

Help gives children and young people in Yemen access to high-quality and sustainable education. This is done, for example, by rebuilding schools, providing school materials, further training for teachers and intensive learning support for children who have not yet been able to go to school. We also support smallholder farmers in securing their livelihoods.

Until the end of 2023, Help has been involved in the area of water, hygiene and sanitation - including the rehabilitation of sanitary facilities and drinking water systems, preventive measures and the operation of 16 health stations specializing in the treatment of cholera.

You too can help in Yemen - with your donation to Help!

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