A Crisis on Top of a Crisis: Yemen’s Winter Struggle
Yemen, a nation already grappling with intense political unrest, economic crisis, and the loss of thousands of livelihoods, is enduring the harsh transition from a scorching summer to a freezing winter. The hot, dry conditions which have dried out much of the land in Yemen have now made way for subzero temperatures which leave the most vulnerable communities in a potentially fatal situation.
Over the past decade, Yemen has faced what is considered the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Home to generations of individuals who have known nothing other than suffering, Yemen has no choice but to prepare the best it can for an influx of harsh conditions. A staggering 21.6 million people in Yemen rely on humanitarian aid just to survive, including 11 million children. Of these, over 3.8 million are homeless, without even basic shelter from the elements. As cold conditions replace tropically hot conditions like a switch, the land struggles to cope with the transition making food insecurity a major threat to life. It is estimated that 900,000 already vulnerable individuals are affected by extreme weather conditions, making winter a crisis on top of a crisis.
As winter begins, highland areas which are already vulnerable due to decades of conflict and economic instability, will experience freezing temperatures. Innocent lives will be lost through lack of the most basic necessities we take for granted every day. As you put on that extra pair of socks, opt for a thermal under your clothes or throw on that extra blanket, spare a thought for our brothers and sisters in Yemen who can only dream of those options. As winter progresses and the cold chill grips the innocent children of Yemen, the cycle they’re trapped in continues.
Penny Appeal have been on the ground in Yemen for many winters and beyond, trying to relieve the unimaginable suffering they endure all year round. We’re committed to making a meaningful impact, opting to focus on sustainable solutions for Yemen as well as immediate, emergency action.
Together, with your help, we can provide warmth and shelter, combat homelessness, and support children and their families. From as little as £30, you could provide vital winter supplies like blankets and warm clothing to a vulnerable person this winter. To see what else you can provide for Yemen this winter, click here.
WEDNESDAY 27 DEC 2023