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Yemen Crisis Appeal


can provide specialised nutrition to two malnourished people in Yemen

can feed a family for one month*

can feed a family for two months*

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can provide specialised nutrition to two malnourished people in Yemen
can feed a family for one month*
can feed a family for two months*
Please enter the amount
Please select a fund

9.5 million people will now be left without food, in northern Yemen, worsening the already critical humanitarian situation, disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable populations, including children, pregnant women, and the elderly.

The suspension of the General Food Distributions (GFD) by the UN World Food Programme will have a devastating impact on many of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Yemen.

This will lead to malnutrition, worsening health conditions, increased economic strain, and potentially fueling social unrest and conflict.

Islamic Relief has partnered with WFP to distribute food for many years. Through the GFD programme, Islamic Relief has been providing monthly food and cash to 1.5 million people in northern Yemen. However, these distributions will now come to an end by mid-December.

We are exploring alternative sources of funding to try and resume some of these activities as soon as possible, but the crisis in Yemen is significantly underfunded. Your donations are a lifeline and allow us to keep our programmes running in Yemen. Donate now and help save lives.

Read more on the joint statement from NGOs concerned on the suspension of food assistance in Yemen.

two boys in yemen arranging the food items they received in their food pack from islamic relief
Image: rightsholders in Yemen receive food packages from Islamic Relief.

Yemen Crisis: 24 million people are in need of humanitarian aid

Over eight years of conflict has deepened Yemen’s poverty, devastated its infrastructure, and caused widespread hunger and suffering.

Yemen is already one of the poorest countries in the region, with tens of thousands of lives lost and over 20 million people not knowing where their next meal will come from. A country crippled by conflict is sadly now on the brink of famine.

Families are facing ongoing armed conflict, displacement, disease and economic decline, with an estimated 24 million people (80% of the country’s population) now in need of humanitarian aid to survive – a figure so high that it is in fact the highest across the globe.

The current situation in Yemen:

19.7 million

people need basic healthcare

18 million

people are in need of water and sanitation facilities

4 million

people have been uprooted from their homes

2.3 million

children under the age of 5 are currently suffering from acute malnutrition

Yemen now officially hosts the world’s largest human-induced food security crisis.

400,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, and could tragically die if they do not receive urgent treatment. Following the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the country, Yemen is trying to grapple with widespread food shortages whilst fighting the devastating pandemic.

Your donations can help our teams deliver urgently needed food, medicines and medical supplies.

Since March 2015 the situation has gotten worse…essential goods such as food, have more than doubled in price…”

Sami Jassar, aid worker for Islamic Relief Yemen.

Islamic Relief is on the ground in Yemen

Islamic Relief is currently on the ground in 17 of the country’s 22 governorates, delivering aid to many hard-to-reach areas. Our country office is in the capital, Sana’a, and we have eight sub-offices in Dhamar, Amran, Aden, Taiz, Hodeida, Saada, Maarib and Rymah.

With your support we have been able to:

  • Provide essential food aid to 2 million people every month.
  • Help over 800,000 people access clean drinking water.
  • Establish 167 health facilities across the country to enable doctors and nurses working to treat wounded, sick and malnourished people.
  • Support children through child protection and psycho-social support activities.

In light of the impending famine, Islamic Relief is continuing to distribute food packs and essential food vouchers to provide critical aid to families in need. However, we need your help to reach as many people as possible and widen our response.

young children pushing wheelbarrow filled with food aid provided by islamic relief
Image: young boy taking home food packs from a Ramadan distribution.
two yemeni smiling after receiving food packs as part of islamic relief qurbani distribution
Image: rightsholders receiving Qurbani meat from Islamic Relief.
an islamic relief staff member supporting a yemeni woman with her winter supplies provided by islamic relief
Image: Islamic Relief teams distributing winter essentials to rightsholders in Yemen.

Why the people of Yemen need your help

One of the world’s poorest countries, Yemen now teeters on the brink of famine after years of conflict, economic downturn and shortfalls in humanitarian funding. Some 24 million people depend on urgent humanitarian aid to survive.

The tragedy has reached epic proportions, with a child dying every 10 minutes from preventable causes like diarrhoea, breathing infections and malnutrition. More than 4 million people are internally displaced and humanitarian access is difficult.

*Due to ongoing conflict, blockades and delays in food imports, the food prices in Yemen constantly fluctuate. At times food prices have more than doubled during the ongoing conflict which began in March 2015. Islamic Relief Yemen continues to provide life-saving aid to those most in need through its partnership work with international organisations such as the World Food Programme. We will regularly update price handles to reflect the current situation on the ground.

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