20.7 million people are in need of humanitarian aid, including 9.8 million people in acute need. Fighting escalated in March 2015, and an armed advance on the capital in September 2014 by Houthis from the north triggered a civil war throughout the country.?? A coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia is supporting the Yemeni government with airstrikes. Activities by southern secessionists, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Islamic State (IS) compound the security and political challenges.? The economy is also failing, with the Central Bank near collapse. ?

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) declared Yemen a Level 3 emergency in July 2015. INFORM measures Yemen's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster at a very high level of 7.6/10. Hazard and exposure as well as lack of coping capacity and vulnerability are all at alarming levels: 8.2/10, 7.9/10 and 7.8/10 respectively.? 

Latest Developments

23/07: The cholera outbreak that began on 27 April has now killed almost 1,900 people. 384,000 suspected cases have been reported in all governorates, except Socotra. The lack of safe drinking water sources is forcing people to use unsafe sources, perpetuating the cholera crisis.?

21/07: Throughout May there was an overall decrease in conflict-related displacement, with 2 million IDPs in July, and an overall increase in the conflict-affected returnee population, now over 900,000. 81% of IDPs have now ben displaced for over a year.? 

Key priorities

WASH: 15.7 million people are in need of WASH assistance.?

Health: 14.8 million people lack access to healthcare. Almost 2,000 health facilities have stopped or reduced operations.??

Food security: Imports of staple foods have decreased significantly since the escalation of conflict, leading to steep price increases. Yemen ordinarily imports 90% of its staple foods.?

Information Gaps and needs

  • Limited information available on the needs of the Muhamasheen minority (10% of population), who live in dire conditions and are more in need than the average population.

  • Underreporting of casualties due to the collapse of the health system. No updates on prevalent diseases such as dengue

  • Limited access means detailed data on humanitarian needs is not always available.


Key documents

European Council on Foreign Relations


Yemen's forgotten war: How Europe can lay the foundations for peace



Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017

CARE & Oxfam


From the ground up: Gender and conflict analysis in Yemen

Hisham Al Omeisy


The media's role in Yemen's 500 days of war



Moving beyond "the brink": The need for nuance in Yemen reporting

Chatham House


Yemen: Stemming the Rise of a Chaos State

International Crisis Group


Yemen at War



How Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Has Made Al Qaeda Stronger - and Richer

International Crisis Group


Yemen - Is Peace Possible?

Middle East Eye


Analysis: Southern Yemenis Look for Payback After Battle of Aden

Instruments of Pain (1): Conflict and Famine in Yemen


International Crisis Group



Periodic Monitoring Review, January-April 2017