Yemen is the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world.
For the last five years, an intense war between the Huthis and the Coalition states (led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE) in Yemen has caused the suffering of millions of innocent civilians. Many have lost their homes, livelihoods, and savings. Some have lost their lives.
Millions of Yemenis are in desperate need of assistance. However, though the situation is fragile, there are ways we can help. Read on to find out more about what is happening in Yemen and how we can all help to improve the situation.
What has been the impact of the war in Yemen?
Famine and Illness
A huge percentage of Yemen’s population lives in poverty. Even before the war, Yemen was the poorest country in the Middle East. In 2019, a report published by the UN said that the country’s ‘degree of suffering is nearly unprecedented’ and found that twenty million Yemenis struggle with food insecurity. Almost 10 million are threatened by famine.
Violation of Human Rights
The UN also found that both the Huthis and coalition forces have blatantly violated international humanitarian law. They found that both sides have attacked civilians and purposefully destroyed essential infrastructure such as hospitals and schools.
Displacement of Citizens and Restrictions on Medical Supplies.
Earlier this year, the UN found that three million Yemenis have been displaced since the beginning of the war. Over 100,000 Yemenis are internally displaced.
The situation in Yemen has been made considerably worse by a four-year land, sea and air blockade imposed by the coalition forces. These blockades have obstructed vital supplies of food and medicine to the country.
Outbreak of Cholera
Cholera has affected almost 2.3 million Yemenis. As war rages on, clean water is hard to come by, making the situation in Yemen even worse. Fortunately, cholera can be treated with antibiotics though funds must be raised to send medical support to those diagnosed with the disease.
Yemen is suffering and we are witness to its reality. Here are the facts:
- 3.6 million people have been displaced.
- 24 million people (80% of Yemen’s population) are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
- At least 70% of Yemen’s population have no access to basic necessities.
- 17 million people do not have enough to eat.
- 3.2 million women and children are acutely malnourished.
Fundraising for Yemen: Road to Freedom.
The London-based, non-profit charity, Road to Freedom, are incredibly aware of the situation in Yemen. In response to the humanitarian crisis, they have pledged to raise £10,000 to help supply communities with food, medical support, and clothing.
Funds raised by Road to Freedom will be used to:
- Provide monthly food parcels to feed a family of 7. This will include basic necessities such as flour, rice, sugar, oil, canned beans and pasta.
- Provide medical support for cholera treatment.
- Provide support to orphans including healthcare, food, and clothing aid.
What Can We Do to Help?
Here at Cosmedic Supplies, we are continually shocked and saddened by the relentless suffering in Yemen. At the same time, however, we are totally in awe of Road to Freedom and their dedication to ensuring that aid reaches those in need. That is why we have decided to donate 20% of Octobers profits to Road to Freedom and their #RoadtoYemen campaign.
If you would like to donate directly to Road to Freedom, visit their JustGiving page here. Alternatively, if you order anything from us in October, we will donate 20% of the profits directly to Road to Freedom.
Quote from Jess, Business Relationship Manager:
‘The humanitarian suffering in Yemen is some of the worst the world has ever seen. We must work together to eliminate the poverty, illness, and unnecessary death that plagues Yemen. Thank you in advance for your support.’