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This blog has no political aims but is only to highlight how the people in Yemen are suffering.
Yemen is ripped apart by a succession of interconnected conflicts. The conflict is between Houthi rebels, who control the north with backing from Iran, and the internationally recognized government in the south. The Saudi-led coalition has been bombing runways and other infrastructure inside Yemen.
Yemenis are dealing with a deadly conflict, a blockade, a chronic lack of food, a lack of drinking water, and a cholera epidemic. As a result, the Year-long issue in Yemen has now displaced or killed 2 million people and has emerged as one of the worst humanitarian crises.
The suffering in Yemen has grown exponentially, and it is worsening on all levels. Approximately three million people in Yemen are suffering food shortages, with nearly two-thirds suffering acute food insecurity. As a result, UNICEF is focused significantly more on the Yemen crisis than it has previously done. However, much more needs to be done to make a real impact.
The number of children suffering from malnutrition in this country has reached an alarming 262,000. The United Nations has called the conditions in Yemen the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.
However, the latest statistics on the war in Yemen are shock-inspiring. Young people all over the country are enduring physical and emotional scars that last into adulthood, often for years after their childhood during the conflict.
The United Nations has expressed alarm about the deteriorating situation in Yemen, where approximately 5.4 million children are acutely malnourished. According to UNICEF, among the total population, of the six million food-deprived children of Yemen, a million of them are of five years of age or less, and the growing number of pregnant women and new mothers is an estimated 1.1 million.
A new report from the rights organization Amnesty International said that the ongoing conflict in Yemen has led to the closure of schools and hospitals, leaving thousands of children vulnerable to ongoing violence and a dysfunctional healthcare system in Yemen.
Aside from other sufferings, this conflict has also disproportionately affected women. Women and children include half of the Yemeni population and fully 75% of the victims of war and violence.
Similarly, Yemen is the only country where Women’s rights are not officially protected, which means that women are often not considered equal to men. The World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report 2021 ranked Yemen at 154 out of 156 countries on its Global Gender-Equality Index (GGEI) with a GII value of 0.492.
It is evident that even before the crisis; the women in Yemen had to face systematic oppression. Women in Yemen get significantly lower salaries than their male counterparts. They lack bargaining power, security at work, decision-making power, and access to commercial credit.
As the crisis in Yemen progressed, incidents of gender-based violence climbed by 63 percent in recent months.
According to Amanda Pitts-Taylor of the United Nations, after the conflict started, the use of rape and violence against children and women increased rapidly. In the end, more than 2,000 cases of sexual violence were recorded (from May 2015 to January 2016 alone).
There is also mounting evidence that one of the most pernicious consequences of severe food shortages is the accelerated onset of reproductive diseases among the million pregnant women and new mothers who have difficulty feeding their infants.
It is impossible to feel what life is like for 24.1 million Yemen inhabitants, with over 70% in need. However, the Yemeni people have suffered because of the battle regarding their health and capacity to maintain economic stability.
According to the United Nations, approximately four million people in Yemen require immediate water, sanitation, food, and healthcare. Therefore, to say that the people of Yemen need help is an understatement.
The precarious political situation in Yemen has created significant challenges for aid workers working to provide humanitarian aid. Yemeni Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs & Expatriate Affairs (YMHAE) has launched a joint appeal to donate aids to assist the Yemeni people. With almost 8.5 million Yemenis affected by the civil war, they are now calling for aids to be delivered to deal with the increasing scale of needs.
There are lots of great charities out there, please get involved, promote, and donate generously to help alleviate the suffering of the people of Yemen. I was recently involved in raising funds for Muslim hands with my friends, where I did a London to Brighton Cycling Ride for the Children of Yemen – Shamayun Miah – click here to read