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older man in YemenImage credit: 103-year-old Yemeni man, Rod Waddington, CC BY

The crisis in Yemen is one of the world’s worst – and least reported – humanitarian emergencies. Now, 21 million people need life-saving aid.


What is the Yemen humanitarian crisis?

  • Yemen, a country in the Middle East, has been at war for 20 months
  • 21 million people urgently need life-saving aid (over 80% of the population)
  • People are starving. They desperately need food, water and healthcare.

Yemen was already one of the poorest countries in the world. Now, it is at breaking point. The economy has collapsed and thousands of people are starving.

Hospitals have been damaged or destroyed, doctors and nurses have been injured and killed. Some towns and cities, including the capital Sana’a, have not had enough electricity or water for more than a year.

Businesses have had to close, making it difficult for people to get even basic supplies.

Older people in Yemen

Older people are among the most vulnerable during a crisis like this. Unable to flee the bombing, they are often ignored and neglected.

Overall, we estimate that 1.65 million older people in Yemen are at risk. They desperately need food, safe clean water and life-saving healthcare.

People are dying or becoming disabled because hospitals have been destroyed and essential drugs are in short supply. Older people with chronic illnesses – who rely on life-saving medication every day - are particularly at risk.

Older man in Yemen  Pictured: Ahmed Ali with his family in Yemen (credit:Mohammed Yaseen, ICRC, CC BY).

What are we doing to help?

Through our local partner, we are making sure older people can access life-saving healthcare and helping them to recover from malnutrition.

We are running three mobile medical units - hospitals on wheels - and transporting doctors, nurses and medical provissions to remote areas. We are treating nearly 50 patients a day and referring anyone with acute malnutrition for specialist care.

Donate to help older people in Yemen

Age International is responding to the crisis in Yemen by providing life-saving emergency aid which has been specifically designed for vulnerable older people. Through partners, we are working in Yemen to make sure that older people are not forgotten.

Rod Waddington/CC BY

Yemen needs our help

This is one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Millions are in desperate need. Will you help today?

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This page was last updated on 18 January 2017

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