Adapting Aid and Intervention in Yemen
23.4 million people in Yemen require humanitarian assistance, almost 400,000 civilians have been killed and 16 million people are on the brink of starvation. The crisis, largely fueled by conflict between the Iran-backed Houthis and a Saudi-led coalition, is exacerbated by economic decline, and natural disasters.
The crisis in Yemen remains “a below-the-fold story.” A truce brokered by the UN allowing for humanitarian access to Yemen expired in October, leaving millions at risk. The truce led to a 60 percent decrease in civilian casualties, greater access to aid and essential services, and more fuel imports. The failure to extend the truce has thrust the country back into war after “limited improvements in humanitarian conditions.” However, several local actors in Yemen report that the benefits of the truce have been exaggerated by international organizations. Houthi rebels continue to refuse to reopen roads, denying access for critical aid. The Yemeni foreign minister stated that talks on extending the truce would not resume until “the nation’s legitimate demands are fully met.”
Please join the CSIS Humanitarian Agenda on Wednesday, December, 7 at 9 a.m. EST, for a webinar evaluating the evolving humanitarian situation in Yemen. Panelists will assess the strategic implications of the conflict’s stalemate for humanitarian activities and explore ways forward in adapting humanitarian operations to current conflict dynamics and access constraints.
This event is made possible through the generous support of USAID.