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Other Organisations You Can Support
The DEC launched its appeal in December 2016 after Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the world, had been plunged into a deeper crisis with the onset of a civil war in March 2015.
When the appeal was launched, the economy and health services had collapsed, leaving 7 million people not knowing where their next meal was coming from and children dying of malnutrition. The country was then hit with the fastest growing cholera epidemic ever recorded, with more than half of the suspected cases children.
DEC fundraising has now closed. Our appeal raised £30 million, including £5 million in Aid Match from the UK Government, to be spent until December 2018.
Mercy Corps have been working in Yemen since 2010. Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, faces deep, systemic problems that have resulted in protracted conflicts throughout the country for many years.
Emergency response: Providing food and hygiene supplies, and increasing access to water and sanitation for the most vulnerable families.
Agriculture & Food: Distributing food vouchers. Helping sesame farmers increase their yields.
Water: Constructing and rehabilitating water systems, irrigation channels, toilet facilities and other community infrastructure. Promoting proper hygiene in schools and communities.
Economic opportunity: Providing urgently needed income through cash-for-work projects and creating new livelihoods through cash transfers and vocational training.
Amnesty International campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. They are a global movement of more than 7 million people in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end abuses of human rights.
They battle for just human rights and are actively through 1) Reasearch, 2) Advocacy and Lobbying, and 3) Campaigns and Actions.
Yemeni families are on the brink of famine. On top of forced displacement, hunger now looms across Yemen, leaving the lives of millions of children, women, and men at risk. UNHCR is working hard to provide displaced families with vital support like food, shelter and healthcare in their time of greatest need. But we cannot do it without you.
Other Steps Of Action
Research the causes of the current situation and why it is so difficult to get food and medicine into the country and accurate information out. This BBC article is an excellent introduction to the conflict. 14 million people, or 50% of the population, are on the brink of famine.
Make sure to follow reliable sources and outlets for updates of the humanitarian situation such as (but not limited to):
To better understand the crisis, watch these quick videos and make sure to share them with your friends. Video credits: Aljazeera.com, The United Nations and Care (respectively).
2. Pressure your lawmakers
Pressure your lawmakers to take action and end arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The US and the UK are especially complicit in this trade. Stop asking "why aren't the surrounding Gulf Arab countries helping?" We have seen how this logic has failed in past humanitarian crises such as blaming the wealthy Gulf countries for not taking in high numbers of Syrian and Iraqi refugees and in this case, they are fully complicit in the crisis. It does not take long to call or email them.
If you are a student, try and find out whether your institution is compliant with the arms trade and is investing/receiving money from defence companies. If so, start a campaign to raise awareness amongst other students and start a petition to stop your institution from remaining complicit.