Contribution to the ICRC 2015 Appeal for Yemen – Food Assistance
The project assists vulnerable people in Yemen to cover their basic needs in times of conflict and to assist households with food rations during emergencies.
The aim is to ensure access for people in Yemen to food and non-food items required to meeting their essential basic needs.
The assistance of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Yemen Red Crescent Society benefits the most vulnerable civilians in Yemen including internally displaced people and has a focus on orphans. As part of the food assistance component, food supplies are distributed to up to 168,000 people (24,000 households) in Yemen.
With the Austrian contribution about 28.000 people (4.000 households) will be reached by distributing 300.000 kg of wheat flour, rice, lentils and beans as well as 16.000 l of palm oil, 3.000 kg of salt, more than 19.000 kg of sugar as well as tomato paste and tea.
The violence in Yemen has escalated rapidly in the last months. At the end of March 2015 heavy air strikes began in the country adding to bombings and fighting. The political situation is extremely volatile, with many government positions disputed or unoccupied and the security situation is deteriorating. Food, drugs and household essentials have been in very short supply and prices have increased sharply. Restrictions upon the importation of fuel have dire implications for the provision of basic goods and services, such as water, electricity and health. People are subjected to various abuses, particularly in rural and fighting affected areas where they are struggling to meet their basic needs. The total ICRC Yemen Appeal 2015 (country appeal and budget extension appeal) amounts to approx. CHF 43.9 million (currently approx. EUR 40.2 million).