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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.

Bushra, 24, injured after a bombing on her hometown, receives treatment in Al Thawra hospital, Sana,'a.

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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.

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NGOs call for an immediate cessation of hostilities and full humanitarian access in Yemen.
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Emergency

NGOs call for an immediate cessation of hostilities and full humanitarian access in Yemen.

Several NGOs operating in Yemen are calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities across Yemen, including in Sanaa. The NGOs are asking parties to the conflict to allow full and unfettered humanitarian access to people in need and to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Yemen: Escalating humanitarian crisis
© Camille Gillardeau/HI
Emergency

Yemen: Escalating humanitarian crisis

More than 5,000 civilians have been killed and 9,000 injured in the conflict in Yemen over the last three years. Although more than 70% of the population (21 million Yemenis) need emergency aid, the blockade imposed on 6th November 2017 has aggravated an already disastrous humanitarian situation[1], preventing the entry of foodstuffs, medical supplies and humanitarian aid. Seven million people are on the brink of famine. Arnaud Pont, Yemen emergency desk officer at Handicap International (HI), explains the gravity of the situation:

Sanaa: situation to deteriorate rapidly if blockade not lifted
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Emergency

Sanaa: situation to deteriorate rapidly if blockade not lifted

HI works in five health centres and hospitals in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, where it provides rehabilitation care and distributes mobility aids (crutches, wheelchairs), among other activities. The impact on the population and humanitarian operations is likely worsen rapidly if the blockade imposed on 6th November 2017 is not lifted. François Olive-Keravec, Yemen programme director at Handicap International (HI), who is currently in Sanaa, describes the situation in the field.

Background

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.

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