The Best of Amaliah Straight to Your Inbox

Yemen : What’s Happening & How to Help

by in World on 13th December, 2017

We have witnessed in the news how the war in Yemen has created a great humanitarian crisis and has killed thousands of people and displaced millions.

It can be confusing to try and comprehend exactly what exactly is taking place, so here is a short summary to help you understand what is happening and how you can help.

What has happened? A Summary:

Things have been escalating since 2011, after the Arab Spring uprising, and after the former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh handed over his position to his deputy Abdarabbuh Mansour Hadi. Since then, there have been clashes between the government and a rebel group known as the Houthi’s fighting for control over the country. Saudi Arabia led a military intervention along with its allies, to try and restore the government’s power and defeat the rebels. Civilians are being caught in the crossfire, and the continuous conflict means that it is difficult for aid and fuel to reach the country.

This has meant that people are starving, and hospitals do not have enough fuel to power generators, and ambulances have run out of fuel.  Just last month, the Saudi led Coalition imposed a blockade to ports and cities, preventing any aid or volunteers from entering, which escalated the level of emergency. In a place where it was already difficult for aid to actually reach people on the ground, this development made it worse. Saudi has eased up on parts of the blockade, but it is still difficult for aid to get through to people.


This week in world news: Starting America & Yemen

Books you Need to Read about the Middle East

Trump Has Recognised Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel: Reactions

How can we help the people in Yemen?

At the moment the situation is dire and at times like these, we need to step up and unite together do anything we can to help them. That being said its hard to know how you can help, and how you can know whether your efforts are amounting to anything. Here are few ways you can help that you might not have necessarily thought about;

  • Volunteering: There are various organisations you can volunteer with on the ground and provide hands-on assistance with – however, there are also ways you can volunteer at home and still make a difference. The UN always requires online volunteers and have different positions from translation, transcribing, and tracking safe routes for people. Find out more here.
  • Volunteering: You can also volunteer online with the Missing Maps project, where you can help map where aid is urgently needed, and where the most vulnerable people are, in order to help local NGO’S and aid agencies reach those who need assistance.
  • Donating: As well as donating to the usual aid charities in hope that some aid will reach the civilians, it is also worth donating to medical aid organisations such as doctors without borders, who provide emergency medical assistance.
  • Awareness: Keep yourself informed and educated about the situation. The best way to know how to help a situation is to keep yourself informed, and also raise awareness by sharing information with other people.

With so much war and disaster gripping the world, it’s easy to feel helpless and insignificant and become desensitized to the crisis we are seeing. But we have to avoid falling  into that trap – no matter how hopeless and dire the situation seems, there is always some way in which we act and help those that are suffering.

Israa Abid

Israa Abid

Israa is a Creative writing and English literature graduate, and currently volunteers for a few charities. In between her routine of nerding out over Dungeons and Dragons, and obsessively eating strawberries, she spends her time writing as much as she can.