Although the Yemen civil war is not matter of prime time news, there is a catastrophe just around the corner if the situation is not addressed soon. The lack of food is increasing and most people is famished, including 850,000 acutely malnourished children. Millions have no clean water and are unable to access basic healthcare services.
Grace Ommer, Oxfam’s Country Director in Yemen said: “It is simply unacceptable that the real story of 16 million Yemenis in need of help keeps going unnoticed. Despite the challenges, we continue to deliver desperately needed aid to Yemenis in some of the poorest areas outside the capital. But if the international community continues to stand by and watch while Yemen risks going from a fragile to a failed state we will find it even harder to maintain this lifesaving support.”
Oxfam has been working in Yemen for more than 30 years and has reached over 600,000 people with programs bringing clean water, cash grants, sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion since 2011. But as the ongoing instability wracks the country and the fragile economy continues to decline Oxfam fears the lives of millions will be at even greater risk.
Ommer said: “Our focus here is on the millions of ordinary Yemenis struggling to survive. Oxfam has reached many people but the international governments – and aid agencies – must do more to prevent a humanitarian disaster unfolding. Without more sustained commitment to help these vulnerable people, they will continue to face disaster and their stories will continue to be lost amid the complex political and security context.”