Little Maryam pictured above, is heading for the abyss. Just like 22.2 million other people caught in the Yemen famine. Tragically, a child dies every ten minutes. People are eating leaves to survive. Yet 42% of the UK don’t even know about the Yemen crisis.
According to a recent survey commissioned by Human Appeal and conducted by YouGov, when asked: “As far as you are aware, which, if any, of the following countries are currently, or have recently, been involved in ongoing armed conflict?” only 58% selected Yemen from the ten possible options.
This finding is startling, considering Yemen now stands on the brink of a catastrophic famine resulting from four years of conflict. 75% of the population need humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million people who require immediate help to survive.
Human Appeal has been working in Yemen since 2014, running programmes to alleviate the suffering created as the conflict rages on. This year alone, Human Appeal has helped over 165,000 Yemenis through life saving support provision in health, nutrition, access to clean water, food security, shelter, protection and education interventions in the most affected areas across the country.
Just £100 will go towards helping thousands of people through our health and nutrition project, including malnutrition services, services for children and pregnant women, and the supply of healthcare professionals.
Our work in Yemen
Human Appeal has been working in Yemen since 2014. The ongoing conflict makes Yemen a difficult environment to operate in, but we are one of the few international NGOs with an established presence in the country.
In the last year alone, we have helped over 165,000 Yemenis through life-saving projects in health, nutrition, clean water, food security, shelter, protection, and education in the worst affected regions.
We met Nasser in an emergency clinic. He was holding his baby daughter, Malak.
“I have two children who were infected with cholera; now they are better at home. Now the third one is infected.”
He pointed to Malak.
If I had money I would have sent them somewhere for treatment. I don’t have a job, I don’t even have one riyal.
Nasser doesn’t have access to a water source, and relies on finding food and water from charitable neighbours. He uses pieces of carpet to shelter beneath.
“This is what God wants, and I am patient with what God wants of me,” he said. “I bear all this pain in my heart for my children’s sake.”
Tragically, the cholera was so advanced that baby Malak died the next day.