A young Yemeni girl eats a packet of Plumpy Nut, a high calorie food used in famine relief.
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Yemen Emergency

The people of Yemen are trapped in one of the world's worst humanitarian emergencies.

After more than seven years of conflict and economic collapse, millions of displaced Yemenis are facing famine.

Two out of every three Yemenis – more than 23 million people - are in need of humanitarian assistance to survive.

The more than four million people who are displaced inside the country are particularly vulnerable. They are languishing in desperate conditions, away from home and deprived of basic needs. 

The most urgent task in Yemen today is to prevent widespread famine on a scale we have not seen for 40 years.

With rampant inflation and few livelihood opportunities, families can no longer afford basic meals. To put food on the table, many displaced families are selling off belongings, pulling children out of school and sending them to work, begging on the streets, or eating just once a day.

The misery has been compounded by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of cholera.

“We live on a day-to-day basis, never knowing how we will feed ourselves.”

Lubna, internally displaced in Yemen

Internally displaced Yemeni mother, Lubna, holds her child after fleeing escalating fighting.
© UNHCR/Marie-Joëlle Jean-Charles

Lubna’s Story

Lubna escaped escalating fighting in the country’s south-west with her husband, children and other family members. The violence in their region was already making it hard for them to find food, and they decided to flee after their home was damaged.

One of Lubna’s most pressing concerns is how she will be able to continue feeding her children. The family received cash from UNHCR when they first fled, allowing them to buy food and seek medical assistance, but they are in urgent need of ongoing support.

Shelter Kits

Your gift can provide shelter kits to repair bomb-damaged homes.

Essential Items

Your gift can provide essential items like mattresses, blankets and kitchenware.

Cash Assistance

Your gift can provide emergency cash assistance to help families buy food and medicine.

“She wants to write like her brothers and sisters, but she is too young for school. God willing, she will go.”

Four-year-old internally displaced Yemeni girl, Umaimah, practises writing in the makeshift shelter she shares with her parents and five siblings.

Girl with notepad looks at camera. Displaced Yemeni girl, Umaimah, practices writing in her makeshift shelter.
© UNHCR/Marie-Joëlle Jean-Charles

Our fundraising commitment

The majority of funds raised by Australia for UNHCR are directed to UNHCR’s emergency operations, providing the ready funds and resources to respond quickly and effectively in situations of crisis and disaster.

78%
Humanitarian programs
12%
Admin
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Funding