Families in need are Suffering the Merciless Winter
CONFLICT AND DROUGHT
As the world’s ‘worst humanitarian crisis’ festers, the local dynamics of the conflict remain overshadowed. Yemen was already the Arab world’s poorest country and nearly four years of brutal warfare more than three-quarters of the country’s population is in desperate need of aid and protection. Since 2014 Yemen has been devastated by war and conflict. According to the UN at least 6,660 civilians have been killed from the conflict and a further 10,563 have been injured. This excludes the thousands of civilians that have died from avertible causes such as disease and malnutrition. Over 85 illegal airstrikes on the country has destroyed homes, schools, hospitals, mosques and markets. Due to these strikes the civilian population is forced into uneasy and life-threatening challenges. Displacement is only a scratch on the surface of the hardship in Yemen. With little or no escape, they are forced to witness the deaths of their loved ones, causing Yemen to be from the worst humanitarian crisis in today’s world in which almost an entire country relies on external humanitarian aid.
Almost one million infected with cholera, an infectious and ruthless disease in which severe dehydration and diarrhoea caused by contaminated bacteria in water and food has been the worst the world has ever seen in this outbreak. 8 million on the brink of famine and this is all a direct result of the conflict. The civilian population is forced to suffer the consequences on top of which outside aid is blocked, restricted and seized by the war fronts. Yemen is now facing a harsh winter which is estimated to worsen and bring more deaths to Yemen’s already suffering population.
DISPLACED AND UNSHELTERED
This year, Yemen’s crises has been at its peak, more than 80% of the population require humanitarian support which is roughly 22.2 million. In addition to 2.4 million of the population have been displaced and lack adequate/clean water supply, nutrition and winter clothes/shelter. The families and children now face the next big challenge. It is estimated 17.8 million are food insecure, this requires direct involvement of the world to aid Yemen’s population at the brink of death. The unsheltered cannot survive without this intervention and the harsh weather is surely going to increase the civilian’s death ratio this year. Yemen is now the number one country in the world for displaced civilians and this is only about to get worse if intervention is not carried out.
WEATHER AND SURVIVAL
In mid-April of this year 19,145 households were displaced near Lahji governorates, Ibb, Abyan, Taiz and Al Hudaydah. In January of this year alone almost 47000 people were displaced. This is a direct result of the conflict alone. The numbers are increasing, and Yemen civilians are resorting to escape to the caves to escape the brutal weather of winter. This is also a result of their homes being destroyed and un-occupiable. The living conditions of the caves are unsympathetic, especially during the ferocious cold. This is depriving many families from livelihoods and many people are suffering mental breakdowns is these living standards as they are uncopiable for anyone to survive in.
WITNESSES AND ACCOUNTS
Salem Ahmed Abdullah of Al Hudaydah had to escape to Aden in which 60 people of 12 families are forced to live in a two-story building, here is what he has to say: “We came to Aden but found nothing. We got no water, gas or electricity and although we signed up for aid with an organisation, we haven’t received anything, and anything is better than what we are living through”.
Even after they left the suffering has not ended nor improved, they escape from one disaster to a worse disaster. Here is what Umm Ahmad Ibrahim, a displaced mother has to say about her living conditions: “We are dying, the hot weather here has almost killed us, we don’t have any fans and when we cook, we use cardboards and we only buy bread and try to live this way”.
They cannot survive the heat of the summer and the winter is known to be tougher in the desert environment of Yemen, they will face even worse difficulties in the upcoming months. This is the worst case of Humanitarian crises in the world.
Here are what some of the Yemeni war struck civilians had to say about their dire situations, this interview can be seen on Aljazeera YouTube; YEMEN WAR: surviving winter without a home.
“We are now living in caves as a result of the war. We are facing harsh living conditions especially the ferocious cold, our homes have been destroyed”
“This year’s winter is the worst in years, the temperatures hit minus five degrees, the displaced families are living through harsh conditions and most of them took shelter in caves, it is a humanitarian crises, they need immediate shelter and relief aid”
WHAT WE DO
The conflict in Yemen is increasing, millions of vulnerable people in Yemen including needy children who cannot find what to eat, are struggling to stay warm this winter. We at Saba relief are working as hard and fast as ever to help alleviate the struggles the Yemeni families and civilians that are suffering today. We are motivated by the saddened result of the conflict and the statistical numbers and facts of those who are displaced, diseased and who lack the minimal nutritional requirements. We campaign to provide emergency aid, nutrition and health to help decrease the growing number of casualties and deaths. SABA Relief is launching a winter appeal to raise money to help provide the needy with food, blankets and coats in Yemen. These provisions will help save and protect many of the needy through the harsh winter. Our campaign is not easy and requires the support of the ordinary people to help donate and support the Families in need of our humanitarian assistance.
It is our duty and yours to stand by those in need, with all our current campaigns, we urge those to support the winter appeal for Yemen and to contact us. Help us support the children, families and elderly who rely on your generous donations and our hard work.