Nearly 700,000 Yemenis expected to flee their homes this year
"Yemenis have endured six years of empty promises from world leaders, many of whom continue to fan the flames of this war. Decisive action must be taken now to stop the relentless countdown to a completely avoidable famine," said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). "Yemenis need three things to end this nightmare: a ceasefire to prevent famine, a doubling of aid, and the resumption of peace talks."
Six years of war have had a devastating impact on Yemen's people, economy and development. It has set the country's development back 21 years and robbed a generation of its future. If the conflict continues, Yemenis, already facing an extreme humanitarian crisis, can expect their situation to deteriorate further.
As the country enters its seventh year of conflict, NRC warns that Yemen could once again descend into full-blown war. The flare-up of conflict in Marib, Hodeidah, Taiz and Hajjah has led to displacement, mass civilian casualties and continued attacks on homes, farms, hospitals and schools.
Today marks six years of the Saudi-led air war in #Yemen. The bombing campaign has, on average, killed almost 1,500 civilians every year, a quarter of them children. Read @YemenData 6 year summary - https://t.co/3IuHnvM9G4 pic.twitter.com/LqK02AMTnJ
— Yemen Data Project (@YemenData) March 25, 2021
"Before the war, we enjoyed a comfortable life and had three meals a day. How could I have stayed when bullets were constantly flying over our heads? It's a front line," said Ali Ali Ayyash, a displaced father from Hodeidah.
By 2019, the armed conflict had killed nearly a quarter of a million people, either directly from hostilities or indirectly from inadequate supplies of food, medical care and infrastructure, according to an independent analysis. In 2020 alone, an estimated 2,087 civilians were killed or injured, with an increased proportion being women and children.
"When I visited Yemen earlier this month, I was deeply shocked by how inhumane the situation has become after six long years of war. The conflict is a source of endless suffering for Yemenis and must be resolved," said Egeland.
© Norwegian Refugee Council 2021