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In 2019, Yemen was ranked among the most severe humanitarian crises anywhere in the world. The country continues to be torn apart by armed conflict, leading to unchecked economic decline, collapsing public services, uncontrolled disease outbreaks, lost livelihoods, and even famine. Today a staggering 80% of Yemen’s 28 million people require humanitarian assistance, and more than two million have been forced to flee their homes. A full two-thirds of the population are at risk of famine.
Humanitarian needs remain acute across the country as conflict- and displacement-affected Yemenis grapple with these multiple, intersecting vulnerabilities. The protective environment continues to deteriorate, and few are able to reliably access safety, security, and their basic rights.
With six field offices around the country and more than 430 staff, DRC is the largest international NGOs operating in Yemen. DRC began operations in Aden in 2008, focusing on the needs and protection concerns of migrants arriving from East Africa. The outbreak of civil conflict in 2015 required a change of focus, and today DRC works to save lives and empower the displaced to build a better future.
DRC’s main programmatic objectives in Yemen are providing immediate and life-sustaining assistance, strengthening the protective environment, and reducing displacement-related risks and vulnerabilities by promoting self-reliance at both the household and community levels. To that end, DRC’s activities in Yemen include emergency response, protection services, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), economic recovery programming, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), shelter & Non-Food Items (NFI), and humanitarian mine action.