Response Program for Yemen Humanitarian Crisis
October 2015~

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Yemen was already experiencing political instability even prior to the eruption of the conflict in March 2015, but since then, external interventions have added fuel to the fighting between government and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement. As a result, in July of the same year, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee has declared the Level 3 emergency response, placing this crisis at the severest level of humanitarian crises happening in the world today (*1). 18.8 million Yemenis, or about 70% of the estimated total population of 27.4 million, require some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance, while 3.3 million people are acutely malnourished and 4.5 million are in need of shelter and Non Food Items (NFI) (*2). Also, it has been reported that 179,661 Yemenis have fled the country and become refugees in neighboring countries, including 36,162 who have fled to Djibouti (*3).

JPF, along with our member NGOs, has been carrying on this emergency humanitarian assistance program focusing on food and NFI distribution, provision of safe water, improvement on malnutrition, and other life-saving&sustaining actions intended to meet the most desperate needs among the people in Yemen and Djibouti who have been affected by the conflict.

※2:OCHA, Yemen: 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview (November 2016)
※3:UNHCR, Yemen Regional Update no.41, July 2016


  • Humanitarian assistance69% of the total population in Yemen, 18.8 million people out of 27.4 million, are estimated to be in need of some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 10.3 million who are in acute need(*1)
  • Food14.1 million people are food insecure, including 7 million people who are severely food insecure. (*1)
  • Water14.5 million people need support to meet their basic water, sanitation and hygiene needs. (*1)
  • Mother4.5 million people require services to treat or prevent malnutrition, including 4 million in acute need.(*1)
  • SchoolMore than1,600 school remain closed and approximately 2 million children are out of school. (*1)
  • MoveMore than 179,661 people have outflowed from Yemen to the neighboring countries since the escalation of the conflict. (*2)
  • Djibouti36,162 people have moved from Yemen to Djibouti and more than 19,000 are Yemeni. (*3)

(*1) Yemen Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017
(*2) UNHCR, Yemen Regional Update no.41, July 2016
(*3) UNHCR Yemen Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan

Accessed on 19th April 2016


With the JPF funding,

  • icon_pr_shower.pngADRA Japan is providing food, WASH and nutrition assistance in Yemen.
  • icon_pr_soup.pngICAN is implementing food and NFI distribution project in Yemen.
  • icon_pr_tent.pngChild Friendly Space was provided by ICAN at Markazi camp in Djibouti. (the project completed)

NGO's Project : ADRA Japan(ADRA)

Distributed food and hygiene kits to people who have been internally displaced due to the prolonged conflict.

Yemen has experienced a long and ongoing civil war, and there has been a rapid increase in the number of people fleeing armed conflict and becoming internally displaced. As their displacement prolongs, there has been a drastic deterioration in food supply and sanitation and hygiene. In Al Jawf Division of northern Yemen, ADRA has distributed food to a total of 3,700 households and hygiene kits containing shampoo, soap, and underwear to 1,613 households.

Voice from the Field

Thank you for helping us in our difficult displacement

Before the conflict intensified, Mr. Husain lived with his 1-year-old son, pregnant wife, and his younger brother. However, when the air raid took away the house they lived in, the family fled together to search for a safer place to live. They barely found another house to live in, but without income, their lives continue to be difficult. It was at such a time that they received food and a hygiene kit from ADRA, which they were happy about as a relief in their lives. "We are very grateful for the support from ADRA. Thank you for helping us!" - Beneficiary of an ADRA project.