Understanding The Crisis in Yemen

2020 has been an incredibly difficult, unprecedented year for people across the globe. Between a global pandemic, large-scale fires, and a level of political unrest that can be felt in seemingly every facet of life, it can be hard to process more than just the bare essentials of living on a day-to-day basis. However, whilst the landscape has shifted beneath our feet, there are still issues affecting millions of lives that need to be addressed and people who are in desperate need of assistance, as is the case with Yemen.

Those who wish to show there support can donate to Yemen today. With that said, let’s take a look at the current Yemen crisis, and why your support is more vital than ever.

An Overview of the Yemen Crisis

With around 80% of the population (more than 24 million individuals) currently in need of assistance and resources, Yemen is currently experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Between conflicts that have been escalating since early 2015 and the new threat of COVID-19 spreading quickly, the affected population has been left in a near-impossible situation.

As half of Yemen’s health facilities are no longer functioning and there is a growing scarcity of sanitation supplies and clean water, many of Yemen’s residents have found themselves without the basic supplies needed to cope with the current crisis. This lack of supplies and resources has also led to several other issues, such as widespread acute malnutrition and medical workers that are not receiving any sort of payment for their essential services.

How Did This Happen?

The current crisis, which has roots dating back to the Arab Spring of 2011, stems from an uprising which saw the standing authoritarian president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, hand over power to Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, his deputy at the time. Whilst this was meant to mean a bright future for the nation, which is one of the poorest in the Middle East, problems stemming from militant attacks, food insecurity and more in part led to a rebel movement seizing power in 2014. This then led to what is considered by many to be the true start of the current crisis.

In March of 2015, airstrikes were ordered against the rebel movement by Saudi Arabia with an aim of restoring the government of Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi. Between infighting and the ensuing stalemate that followed, millions have been left at risk of malnutrition and millions more are in desperate need of humanitarian support.

What Can I Do?

In short, the best thing that you can do is donate. There are many charities and support systems set up that will use your hunger donations to provide much-needed resources and assistance to those affected. Anything you can give these organisations will be invaluable in fighting what is one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time. Donate today.