Yemen: UNHCR Operational Update, 1 March 2019

Key figures:

24M people in need

3.34 M displaced in the last three years

81% of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) displaced for more than one year

1M IDP returnees

1.2M IDPs given inkind or cash assistance in 2018

274,162 refugees and asylum-seekers


USD 198.6 M required for 2019 operations

IDP Response
UNHCR continues to meet the needs of displaced families across Yemen. A thousand of the most vulnerable displaced families in Sa’ada city and eastern Kitaf wa Al Boqe’e district (Sa’ada governorate) are to receive core relief items (CRIs) and emergency shelter kits (ESKs). Displaced persons (IDPs) in the boundary districts of Baqim, Kitaf wa Al Boqe’e, Razih, Shada’a and Ad Dhaher continue to move towards the centre regions of Sa’ada, Sahar and As Safra districts due to continued armed clashes and airstrikes. So far in 2019, a total of 712 CRIs and 11 ESKs have already been distributed in Sa’ada governorate, the largest number in Sa’ada district.

Based on the needs identified by UNHCR partner YARD in the northern border region of Al Jawf governorate, a total of 1,750 families are also to receive ESKs in the western districts of Kharab Al Marashi, Barat Al Anan and Rajuzah. According to IOM (October 2018), Al Jawf had had one of the lowest numbers of IDP families. However, due to recent armed clashes and airstrikes in the centre-west of Al Jawf district, several thousand families were reportedly displaced. The scope of this displacement is currently being verified.

A total of 194 newly displaced IDP families from Al Hudaydah were identified by UNHCR partner YRC in the Amran governorate. The majority of these families received CRIs while assessments are still on-going. In Amran governorate, 1,723 IDP families have been identified since June 2018, of which 1,401 have received CRI assistance.

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