50-year-old Zainab is a widowed mother of four sons from Taiz governorate in the northwest of the country. Photo: Sarah Alabsie/CARE Yemen

Yemen: 2,555 Days of Conflict and Counting

Now into their 8th year of war, 19 million Yemenis, including 2.2 million children under the age of five, will be facing hunger.

25 MARCH 2022 – Tomorrow the people of Yemen will enter their 8th year of living in a country of active conflict. For 2,555 days and nights, Yemenis have been experiencing deteriorating economic hardship and loss of income, displacement, and the daily struggle to meet their most basic needs. By the end of the year, up to 19 million Yemenis will experience acute malnutrition, including 2.2 million children under five. While the conflict affects all Yemenis, women and girls continue to be disproportionately affected.

The repercussions of the current global food crisis resulting from the conflict in Ukraine – one of the main suppliers for Yemen – will mean less wheat and oil entering the country and at higher prices, further worsening the situation for people.

The UN’s Humanitarian Response Plan for 2022 shows that the number of people in need of humanitarian aid keeps increasing, three out of every four people need support. Yet, the annual pledging conference held on 16 March clearly showed diminishing donor support. Total pledges at $1.3 billion will barely meet 30 per cent of the required $4.2 billion.

“Since the conflict started in 2015, every single day we think this could be the worst yet,” says Bushra Aldukhainah, CARE Area Manager, Hajjah Governorate, Yemen. “And yet we keep realizing we’re wrong, it gets worse by the day. Completing seven full years of war and entering the eighth is very difficult to fathom. I keep trying to live with the hope that every single day life will get better, and our situation will improve. The disappointment I feel today is devastating and the prospect of worse to come is even harder.”

“Seven years of war seem to have stolen the best years of our lives and our aspirations for the future,” says Suha Basharen, Gender Specialist, CARE Yemen. “Our dominating feeling every day is fear and destruction. That’s all we see around us. Yemen is known as a poor country and has low living standards. Yet, before the conflict, people were living their lives with dignity, making by with whatever low salary they got, being self-reliant. However, now this basic right of standing on your own feet has been taken from them.”  

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