Responding to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Region: Middle East & North Africa
Country: Yemen
Year: 2019
Shelter: RHU
Project size: 101-500
Modality: Temporary shelter
Sector: Shelter
Partner: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Support: Capacity Building

Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East and is currently experiencing the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. Tens of thousands of people have been killed or injured since the war began in 2015, among them at least 17,000 civilians. Named by the UN as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, Yemen has more than 24 million people in urgent need of aid. Yemen is also experiencing the world’s largest food security emergency, with more than 20 million people lacking sufficient nutrition, and a displacement crisis that has seen more than 3.6 million people forced to flee their homes because of ongoing conflict since 2015. An estimated 3.65 million people are displaced and the escalating conflict is causing extensive damage to public and civilian infrastructure. About 20 million require food aid, including almost 10 million who are reported to be on the brink of famine. The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the hardship and only half of the country’s health facilities are fully functioning.

UNHCR is helping vulnerable displaced Yemenis with basic household items, cash to buy medicine and food, psychosocial services and other assistance. Among many efforts to respond to this crisis, UNHCR provides shelter to Yemenis who, despite the conflict, remain in the country. In 2019, UNHCR implemented 192 Better Shelter Relief Housing Units (RHUs) in various locations throughout Yemen, to provide safer and dignified temporary homes to the communities displaced by violence.

Better Shelter is also assisting some 280,000 refugees who remain in Yemen. 

Read more about the situation in Yemen here.