Humanity & Inclusion works in Yemen to support vulnerable people and people with disabilities as well as those injured in the regional conflict which has affected the country since March 2015. The organisation supports NGOs to better include vulnerable people, including people with disabilities, in the emergency response.
Bushra, 24 years old. She was injured in abombing. Sha was taken care by Humanity & Inclusion. | © HI
Since returning to Yemen in 2014, Humanity & Inclusion has been implementing actions to mitigate the impact of the crisis affecting the whole country, with specific attention for vulnerable and injured people.
The organisation works in 8 health establishments (hospitals and rehabilitation centres) and provides rehabilitation equipment to support people injured or left disabled by the conflict. It also delivers training and awareness-raising sessions to physiotherapists and other medical staff on rehabilitation care and managing war injuries.
Humanity & Inclusion supports all the humanitarian organisations working in Yemen to ensure vulnerable people (elderly people, people who are isolated or with disabilities) are better taken into account in humanitarian interventions and are not left out. It also raises the awareness of staff members of various NGOs of the risks linked to the presence of improved explosive devices and light weapons.
Following its reunification in 1991, Yemen has been subject to chronic political instability and a catastrophic economic situation. Since 2011, the country has experienced a new spiral of violence which has culminated in a civil war opposing diverse political factions.
This spiral of violence peaked when the conflict became regional. Since March 2015, a coalition of Arab countries has been intervening militarily in the country. The conflict has set in, leaving Yemen on its knees and heavily contaminated by improvised explosive devices and sub-munitions.
Essential infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed by the violence of the fighting and bombing raids. Half of the country's health facilities (hospitals or health centres) are operational.
The main victims of this generalised violence are the civilian populations. 22 million people require humanitarian aid, and 60% of Yemenis suffer from food insecurity. Over 2 million are still displaced due to the violence. A severe cholera epidemic has spread to several governorates, whereas the conflict zones are suffering from a famine, exacerbated by the blockade imposed by the coalition. Humanitarian organisations continue to experience very severe difficulties working in the country.