In Yemen, Handicap International provides support to vulnerable individuals, people with disabilities, and casualties of the regional conflict that has engulfed the country since March 2015. The organisation also meets the needs of casualties of landmines and explosive remnants of war.
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Handicap International resumed its work in Yemen in 2014 to mitigate the impact of the country-wide crisis, particularly on vulnerable and injured people.
The organisation works in health facilities (hospitals and rehabilitation centres) and supplies rehabilitation equipment to assist people injured or disabled in the conflict. It also provides physiotherapists and other medical staff with training and awareness-raising on rehabilitation care and the case-management of war injuries.
Lastly, the organisation assists all humanitarian actors active in Yemen to ensure the most vulnerable people - older, isolated and disabled people - are more effectively taken into account in humanitarian action.
Since reunification in 1991, Yemen has been plagued by chronic political instability and economic disaster. The country was plunged into a new cycle of violence in 2011, culminating in civil war between rival political factions fighting for control of the country.
Military intervention by a coalition of Arab countries in March 2015 led to the regionalisation of the conflict. With no end in sight to the conflict, the country is being bled dry and contaminated by improvised explosive devices and submunitions.
Violent clashes and bomb attacks have damaged or destroyed essential facilities. At the end of October 2016, under half of the country’s health facilities (hospitals and health centres) were operational.
Civilians are the main victims of this widespread violence. In June 2016, four out of five Yemenis (over 21 million people) needed immediate humanitarian aid. Fourteen million Yemenis are food insecure. More than two million have fled the conflict zones and taken refuge in neighbouring countries in the Horn of Africa.