Multiple airstrikes rained down on Yemen on Friday January 21st, hitting a detention centre in Saada and Hodeida, the main landing point for Yemen’s undersea web connection. The attack marked an escalation in Yemen’s years-long civil war, causing an internet blackout, and a steadily rising death toll.
At least three children are among more than 82 people who have been killed and more than 265 wounded in the airstrikes.
Yemen is in desperate need of humanitarian aid. Internet blackouts are affecting the delivery of aid on the ground and the country’s waning supply of oil has deteriorated vital services in several sectors.
The recent attacks have only further exacerbated the ongoing desperate situation in Yemen. Famine, armed conflict, displacement, political instability, disease, and economic decline have left 24 million people in need of humanitarian aid.
Islamic Relief is on the ground, we have immediately responded and provided urgent medical aid to the local hospital within hours of the attack.
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*All donations to Yemen are Zakat eligible
With the ongoing conflict in Yemen – already one of the poorest countries in the region – tens of thousands of lives have been lost and over 16 million people don’t know where their next meal will come from. A country crippled by conflict is sadly now on the brink of famine.
With families facing ongoing armed conflict, displacement, disease and economic decline, an estimated 24 million people (80% of the country’s population) are now in need of humanitarian aid to survive – a figure so high that it is in fact the highest across the globe.
Yemen now officially hosts the world’s largest human-induced food security crisis.
Families and communities have been torn apart and left without even the most basic of living essentials:
On the ground in Yemen, the situation is dire and things are getting worse each and every day.
“I am tired. Tired of sickness and treatments, the extreme cold, and my inability to meet my family’s basic needs. Our life is tiring and although we do not have anything, we still say Alhamdulillah.”
Yasmine is a skin cancer patient and displaced mother of six. 3 years ago, Yasmine and her family uprooted their lives and fled violence in Al-Hodeidah. They now reside in Sana’a, where her family struggles to make ends meet.
Yasmine’s family often goes days without enough food, water, and medicine. Their urgent needs are compounded by Yasmine’s cancer treatment, costing over $1,600 CAD per day of treatment. This means that Yasmine forgoes treatment most days, simply because she cannot afford it.
With little money to their name and minimal sustenance to keep them alive, Yasmine’s family are in urgent need of support.
“Where do we go? Will anyone have mercy on us? Will anyone look at us with an eye of mercy? Who will look at us?”
Will you look at them?
Through our emergency appeal, you can help Yemen by donating generously to save lives. Islamic Relief is distributing food across a wide area and providing food to 2 million people every month. We’ve also supported 167 health facilities across the country to enable doctors and nurses working to treat wounded, sick and malnourished people. We have also been working to support children through child protection and psycho-social support activities.
In light of the impending famine, we’re 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.
$20 can feed a malnourished child
$100 could feed a displaced family for one month*
$150 could provide living essentials for a family
* 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 organizations such as the World Food Programme. We will regularly update price handles to reflect the current situation on the ground.