Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Instability and Food Insecurity in Yemen

Currently, the people of Yemen are suffering from a severe hunger crisis, which has been intensified by conflict and instability.

10.5 million people are facing food insecurity

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CARE is assisting thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide, including the two largest groups of refugees in the world in Dadaab, Kenya and the countries bordering Syria.

About the Crisis in Yemen

Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world, and the poorest in the Middle East. Currently, the people of Yemen are suffering from a severe hunger crisis, which has been intensified by conflict and instability.

The conflict has resulted in the displacement of 300,000 people within the country, and host communities are struggling due to the strain on resources. In addition, 242,000 refugees from the Horn of Africa – mostly Somalis and Ethiopians – have fled to Yemen.

Yemen is now in a state of humanitarian crisis. Conflict has resulted in acute increases in unemployment, inflation, food prices and, as a result, food insecurity and malnutrition. More than 13 million Yemenis do not have access to clean water or sanitation, 6.4 million lack access to health care and 1 million children under the age of 5 are suffering from acute malnutrition.

A national election is scheduled to take place in 2014 and peace talks are underway, but the conflict and resulting displacements are ongoing. The Yemeni people and refugees within Yemen are in desperate need of immediate humanitarian assistance.

CARE's Response

We are currently providing water, sanitation and health services to needy populations in Yemen. And, in coordination with our partners and other organizations, we plan to scale up our response to the crisis by helping address food insecurity and malnutrition in the coming weeks.

Emergency preparation: About 200,000 to 300,000 Yemenis are expected to be affected by deportation from Saudi Arabia by November, which will affect a large number of poor families who are dependent on remittances. In addition, large numbers of refugees predominantly from Ethiopia, Somalia and Syria continue to arrive in the country as do economic migrants in transit to Saudi Arabia, most of whom are presently stranded on the northern border that is now closed. CARE is monitoring these situations to see if there are ways we can be of help.

How CARE works in emergencies


In 2011 alone, CARE reached 12 million people affected by natural disasters, conflict situations and other crises.


In emergencies, CARE is among the first to arrive and the last to leave. When it comes to responding to an emergency, timing is crucial.