Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Arab region, with very slow progress towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals. The Yemeni economy is caught in a jobless slow growth cycle leading to stagnant per capita incomes and rising levels of unemployment, particularly amongst the youth and women. Due to the recent conflict, twenty million Yemenis, nearly 80% of the population, are in urgent need of food, water and medical aid, in a humanitarian disaster.
As the fighting in Yemen flares up, the nation is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster. More than 100,000 people have fled their homes. The death toll continues to rise daily, with at least 500 dead and 1,700 wounded just in the past two weeks. Already the most impoverished nation in the Middle East, Yemen, with a population of 24 million, is also one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. According to the United Nations, the continuing conflict has increasingly “disrupted water supplies in areas of southern Yemen…with sewage overflowing in some areas, raising the risk of disease.”