Humanitarian situation Millions of people in need of aid
Food and energy supplies and the health system have largely broken down. Every ten minutes, a child dies from the consequences of an infectious disease. In 2020, Yemen saw the outbreak of infectious diseases such as cholera, malaria, dengue, polio, and COVID-19.
Since 2020, the crisis in Yemen has further deteriorated, driven by the escalating military conflict, the continuing economic blockade, fuel shortages, torrential rain, massive desert locust infestation, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has not only caused loss of income as a result of reduced job opportunities. It has also led to a significant drop in remittances from other countries, a source of income on which many families depend.
Aid programmes massively underfunded
According to United Nations estimates, humanitarian needs in Yemen amount to 3.85 billion US dollars. In March 2021, an international donor conference for Yemen was held, but pledges only amounted to about 1.7 billion US dollars. Germany committed a total of 200 million euros (of which 73 million was from the BMZ budget).