Yemeni Refugee Crisis: What Assistance Can We Provide?

By Ali Reza Sarwar

The ongoing conflict in Yemen, particularly after the launch of Operation Decisive Storm on March 26, 2015, has inflicted serious humanitarian toll on ordinary Yemenis. According to the United Nations, 45, 0000 people, in addition to 33,0000 people previously displaced, including foreign citizens living in Yemen, have been displaced in the recent conflict and even more are entangled in war zones.

International aid organizations have recently warned about potential humanitarian crisis if conflict does not stop and immediate assistance is not provided to internally displaced people (IDPs).  A recent report by Relief International highlights that at least 15.9 million Yemenis “need some form of humanitarian assistance.”  The report further adds that 13.4 million Yemenis do not have access to drinking water with 12 million people without sanitation and finally 10.6 million who “are unable to meet their food need.”

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As the conflict in Yemen continues, the refugee crisis will only expand

With total public debt of 48.2 percent of GDP in 2014 and only 154th on the Human Development Index  2014 and influx of mixed emigrants from neighboring countries, mainly Somalia and Syria and the internally displaced peoples ( IDPs),  Yemen was already on a perilous path to humanitarian crisis even before the collapse of UN-brokered unity government on January 2015. Continue reading