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2014 UNHCR country operations profile - Yemen

| Overview |

Working environment

  • Yemen has been experiencing civil unrest and political turmoil since 2011 and, according to the International Monetary Fund, remains the poorest country in the Middle East. The humanitarian needs of Yemen's population have increased for the most destitute, including asylum-seekers and refugees. In March 2013, Yemen initiated the National Dialogue process, tasked with drafting a new constitution and preparing for a referendum and elections next year. As the political, economic and social situation remains difficult, the outcome of the process remains uncertain and the security situation unpredictable.

  • Despite the challenges, Yemen's hospitality towards refugees is remarkable. It is a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol. Amongst other contributions, Yemen continues to provide land and security for the Kharaz Refugee Camp, as well as access to the public health system and education in urban areas.

  • Yemen is mainly a transit country, crossed by a mixed flow of asylum-seekers and migrants, and hosts, in mid-2013, over 240,000 refugees, the overwhelming majority of whom are Somalis. By July 2013, the number of new arrivals along the Red Sea and Arabian Sea coastlines had reached over 50,000 individuals; the majority are from Ethiopia. In November 2013, Yemen will host a regional conference on mixed migration in view of the regional dimension of these movements. As of August 2013, more than 1,200 Syrians who fled conflict in their country had reached Yemen.

  • As of July 2013, the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) stood at over 306,000, the vast majority of whom are in the northern governorates, a decrease of 21 per cent from the end of 2012, mainly due to the return of some 65,000 individuals to the south of Yemen. New, small-scale displacements in February 2013 uprooted some 8,000 people in the Al-Baidha and Dhamar Governorates.

People of concern

The main groups of concern in Yemen include: Somali refugees who are granted prima facie status by the Government of Yemen and represent the majority of refugees in the country; Ethiopians, who accounted for 84 per cent of registered asylum-seekers by mid-2013, and the majority of whom continue to use Yemen as a transit route to other countries in the region; asylum-seekers from the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria); and IDPs in the northern governorates of Yemen, where fighting in and around Sa'ada Governorate since 2004 has caused repeated and protracted large-scale displacements.

Planning figures

UNHCR 2014 planning figures for Yemen
TYPE OF POPULATION ORIGIN Dec 2013 Dec 2014 Dec 2015
Total in country of whom assisted
by UNHCR
Total in country of whom assisted
by UNHCR
Total in country of whom assisted
by UNHCR
Total 1,058,900 926,900 1,029,890 922,890 1,027,930 920,930
Refugees Ethiopia 6,100 6,100 7,000 7,000 7,900 7,900
Iraq 3,300 3,300 3,100 3,100 2,900 2,900
Somalia 244,000 244,000 264,000 264,000 284,000 284,000
Various 1,850 1,850 2,100 2,100 2,400 2,400
People in refugee-like situations Various 240 240 240 240 240 240
Asylum-seekers Eritrea 400 400 350 350 300 300
Ethiopia 7,500 7,500 9,500 9,500 11,500 11,500
Iraq 110 110 100 100 90 90
Various 400 400 500 500 600 600
Internally displaced Yemen 310,000 260,000 290,000 240,000 290,000 240,000
People in IDP-like situations Yemen 250,000 175,000 200,000 150,000 175,000 125,000
Returnee arrivals during year (ex-IDPs) Yemen 220,000 213,000 238,000 231,000 238,000 231,000
Others of concern Various 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000

| Response |

Needs and strategies

In 2014, UNHCR will work towards strengthening the protection environment and achieving durable solutions. This includes providing protection to refugees and asylum-seekers upon arrival, through registration, detention monitoring and advocacy.

The provision of basic services will continue for camp-based refugees. The response to urban refugees will be reviewed in line with UNHCR's urban refugee policy. A shift towards self-reliance through vocational-skills training and increased opportunities for income-generating activities will be pursued for this population.

UNHCR will implement the 2013 health policy, revised by UNHCR and the Government, which enhances collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and Population, and expands collaboration with the Ministry of Education for the integration of refugee children into the public education system.

Emphasis will also be placed on strengthening the protective environment for IDPs and returnees and improving their living conditions, including through the provision of shelter and non-food items (NFIs).

The Office will pay particular attention to durable solutions through IDP profiling aimed at identifying viable solutions for the protracted displacement in the north of the country. UNHCR will build upon the Government's recent adoption of the national IDP policy helping to identify solutions and advocating for the inclusion of both IDPs and returnees in development initiatives.

UNHCR will end its operational activities for IDPs in the southern governorates by the end of 2013 but will maintain its protection monitoring and cluster responsibilities in areas of return.

| Implementation |

Coordination

UNHCR's main governmental partners are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Committee for Refugee Affairs, the Bureau of Refugee Affairs and the Executive Unit for IDPs. UNHCR collaborates with the Ministry of Public Health and Population; Ministry of Human Rights; Ministry of Interior (Passport, Migration and Nationality Authority); Ministry of Education, Ministry of Technical Education and Vocational Training; Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation; Ministry of Defense; Ministry of Legal Affairs; Ministry of Justice. UNHCR will expand its collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour.

The Office will also work closely with WFP on the results of the 2013 nutritional survey and on the profiling of IDPs. Partnerships with NGOs will continue in 2014 and coordination on specific activities with ICRC, IOM, UNDP, UNICEF, UNOPS and UNVs will be maintained. UNHCR will continue as the cluster lead for protection; camp coordination and camp management; shelter; and non-food items.

2014 UNHCR partners in Yemen
Implementing partners
Government agencies: Ministry of Human Rights, The Executive Unit for IDPs
NGOs: Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Al-Amel Charitable Community for Social Welfare, Albena, Association for Developing People with Special Needs, Charitable Society for Social Welfare, Danish Refugee Council, Interaction in Development Foundation, International Relief and Development, INTERSOS, Islamic Relief, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam, Raqeeb, Save the Children - Sweden, Society for Humanitarian Solidarity, and Solidarity Association for Development (Al Tadamon)
Others: Sana'a University, IOM, Yemeni Red Crescent Society
Operational partners
Government agencies: Bureau for Refugees Affairs, Immigration and Passport Authority, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Technical Education and Vocational Training, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Health and Population, Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, Ministry of the Interior, National Committee for Refugee Affairs (NACRA/NASCRA)
Others: FAO, ILO, OCHA, Office of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, OHCHR, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WFP, WHO

| Financial information |

Over the last four years, the financial requirements for UNHCR's operation in Yemen have increased from USD 52.5 million in 2012 to a revised 2013 budget of USD 72.9 million, reflecting the emergency needs for IDPs who fled from Abyan to Aden Governorate in 2011 and 2012. In 2014, the financial requirements for the operation are set at USD 55.4 million, a decrease of USD 17.5 million when compared with the revised 2013 budget, which corresponds to the return of IDPs to Abyan. Within the 2014 budget, USD 37.3 million is allocated for the refugee programme and USD 18.1 million is allocated for the protection and assistance of IDPs.

Source: UNHCR Global Appeal 2014-2105


UNHCR contact information

The UNHCR Representation in Yemen
Style of Address The UNHCR Representative in Yemen
Street Address Street No. 38, Off Algerian Street
Building No. 2
Sana'a
Mailing Address P.O. Box: 12093
Sana'a, Yemen
Telephone +967 1 469771/2/3
Facsimile +967 1 469 770
Email yemsa@unhcr.org
Time Zone GMT + 3:00
Working Hours
Monday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00
Tuesday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00
Wednesday:08:00-14:30
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00
Sunday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00
Public Holidays 01 January 2011, New Year
1 May 2011, Labour Day
22 May 2011, Reunification Day
30 August 2011, Eid Al-Fitr
31 August 2011, Eid Al-Fitr
5 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
6 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
7 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
26 November 2011, Islamic New Year
25 December 2011, Christmas Day
The UNHCR Sub-Office at Aden.
Style of Address The UNHCR Head of Sub-Office at Aden.
Street Address HOSHI MANA Street,(Beside Germany Consulate)
Shopping area-Building no. 27 & 28
Khormakser, Aden
Yemen.
Mailing Address P.O.BOX 6090
Aden
Yemen
Telephone +967 2 235111 / +967 2 231441
Facsimile +967 2 234406
Email yemad@unhcr.org
Time Zone GMT + 3:00
Working Hours
Monday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00.
Tuesday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00.
Wednesday:08:00 - 14:30.
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00.
Sunday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00.
Public Holidays 01 January 2011, New Year
1 May 2011, Labour Day
22 May 2011, Reunification Day
30 August 2011, Eid Al-Fitr
31 August 2011, Eid Al-Fitr
5 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
6 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
7 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
26 November 2011, Islamic New Year
25 December 2011, Christmas Day
The UNHCR Field Office at Kharaz.
Style of Address The UNHCR Chief of Mission in Kharaz.
Street Address Kharaz Camp.
C/O of UNHCR SO Aden.
Mailing Address P.O.BOX 6090
Aden, Kharaz
Yemen.
Telephone +967 2 820844
Facsimile +967 2 820844
Email yemad@unhcr.org
Time Zone GMT + 3:00
Working Hours
Monday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00.
Tuesday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00.
Wednesday:08:00 - 14:30.
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00.
Sunday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00.
Public Holidays 01 January 2011, New Year
1 May 2011, Labour Day
22 May 2011, Reunification Day
30 August 2011, Eid Al-Fitr
31 August 2011, Eid Al-Fitr
5 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
6 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
7 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
26 November 2011, Islamic New Year
25 December 2011, Christmas Day
The UNHCR Field Office in Amran
Style of Address The UNHCR Head of Field Office in Amran
Street Address Hajjah Street, Next to Amran Public Electicity Office
Amran, Yemen
Mailing Address P.O. Box: 12093
Telephone +967 7 603 204
Facsimile +967 7 603 204
Email yemsa@unhcr.org
Time Zone GMT + 3:00
Working Hours
Monday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00
Tuesday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00
Wednesday:08:00-14:30
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00
Sunday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00
Public Holidays 01 January 2011, New Year
1 May 2011, Labour Day
22 May 2011, Reunification Day
30 August 2011, Eid Al-Fitr
31 August 2011, Eid Al-Fitr
5 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
6 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
7 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
26 November 2011, Islamic New Year
25 December 2011, Christmas Day
The UNHCR Field Office in Haradh
Style of Address The UNHCR Head of Field Office in Haradh
Street Address Haradh District, Tabza Village
Hajjah Government, Yemen
Mailing Address P.O. box: 12093
Sana'a, Yemen
Telephone +967 7 246451
Email yemsa@unhcr.org
Time Zone GMT + 3:00
Working Hours
Monday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00
Tuesday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00
Wednesday:08:00-14:30
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00
Sunday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00
Public Holidays 01 January 2011, New Year
1 May 2011, Labour Day
22 May 2011, Reunification Day
30 August 2011, Eid Al-Fitr
31 August 2011, Eid Al-Fitr
5 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
6 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
7 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
26 November 2011, Islamic New Year
25 December 2011, Christmas Day
The UNHCR Field Office at Mayfa'a.
Style of Address The UNHCR Chief of Mission in Mayfa'a.
Street Address Mayfa'a Camp.
C/O UNHCR SO-Aden.
Mailing Address P.O.BOX 6090
Aden, Maya'a
Yemen.
Telephone +967 5 280267
Email yemad@unhcr.org
Time Zone GMT + 3:00
Working Hours
Monday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00.
Tuesday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00.
Wednesday:08:00 - 14:30.
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00.
Sunday:08:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:00.
Public Holidays 01 January 2011, New Year
1 May 2011, Labour Day
22 May 2011, Reunification Day
30 August 2011, Eid Al-Fitr
31 August 2011, Eid Al-Fitr
5 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
6 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
7 November 2011, Eid Al-Adha
26 November 2011, Islamic New Year
25 December 2011, Christmas Day
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Statistical Snapshot*
* As at January 2014
  1. Country or territory of asylum or residence. In the absence of Government estimates, UNHCR has estimated the refugee population in most industrialized countries based on 10 years of asylum-seekers recognition.
  2. Persons recognized as refugees under the 1951 UN Convention/1967 Protocol, the 1969 OAU Convention, in accordance with the UNHCR Statute, persons granted a complementary form of protection and those granted temporary protection. It also includes persons in a refugee-like situation whose status has not yet been verified.
  3. Persons whose application for asylum or refugee status is pending at any stage in the procedure.
  4. Refugees who have returned to their place of origin during the first six months of 2013. Source: Country of origin and asylum.
  5. Persons who are displaced within their country and to whom UNHCR extends protection and/or assistance. It also includes persons who are in an IDP-like situation.
  6. IDPs protected/assisted by UNHCR who have returned to their place of origin during the first six months of 2013.
  7. Refers to persons under UNHCR's statelessness mandate.
  8. Persons of concern to UNHCR not included in the previous columns but to whom UNHCR extends protection and/or assistance.
  9. The category of people in a refugee-like situation is descriptive in nature and includes groups of people who are outside their country of origin and who face protection risks similar to those of refugees, but for whom refugee status has, for practical or other reasons, not been ascertained.
The data are generally provided by Governments, based on their own definitions and methods of data collection.
A dash (-) indicates that the value is zero, not available or not applicable.

Source: UNHCR/Governments.
Compiled by: UNHCR, FICSS.
Residing in Yemen [1]
Refugees [2] 241,288
Asylum Seekers [3] 8,197
Returned Refugees [4] 4
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) [5] 306,614
Returned IDPs [6] 93,055
Stateless Persons [7] 0
Various [8] 0
Total Population of Concern 649,158
Originating from Yemen [1]
Refugees [2] 2,428
Asylum Seekers [3] 1,881
Returned Refugees [4] 4
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) [5] 306,614
Returned IDPs [6] 93,055
Various [8] 6
Total Population of Concern 403,988
Government Contributions to UNHCR
Contributions since 2000
YearUSD
2014 0
2013 0
2012 0
2011 0
2010 0
2009 0
2008 0
2007 2,158
2006 0
2005 0
2004 0
2003 0
2002 0
2001 2,160
2000 2,160

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New Arrivals in Yemen

During one six-day period at the end of March, more than 1,100 Somalis and Ethiopians arrived on the shores of Yemen after crossing the Gulf of Aden on smuggler's boats from Bosaso, Somalia. At least 28 people died during these recent voyages – from asphyxiation, beating or drowning – and many were badly injured by the smugglers. Others suffered skin problems as a result of prolonged contact with sea water, human waste, diesel oil and other chemicals.

During a recent visit to Yemen, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Erika Feller pledged to further raise the profile of the situation, to appeal for additional funding and international action to help Yemen, and to develop projects that will improve the living conditions and self sufficiency of the refugees in Yemen.

Since January 2006, Yemen has received nearly 30,000 people from Somalia, Ethiopia and other places, while more than 500 people have died during the sea crossing and at least 300 remain missing. UNHCR provides assistance, care and housing to more than 100,000 refugees already in Yemen.

New Arrivals in Yemen

The Gulf of Aden: Sharp Rise in Crossings and Deaths

The number of people arriving on the coast of Yemen after being smuggled across the treacherous Gulf of Aden from the Horn of Africa has more than doubled this year. So far this year, more than 18,000 people have arrived in Yemen across the Gulf of Aden, and nearly 400 have died attempting the journey.

This surge in arrivals is largely due to the continuing conflict in Somalia and the use of new smuggling routes from Somalia to Yemen and across the Red Sea from Djibouti. Many of the new arrivals also tell of crop losses due to drought, which forced them to leave home. This photo set focuses on those people leaving from Djibouti.

UNHCR has been calling for increased action to save lives in the Gulf of Aden and other waters. We have stepped up our work in Yemen under a US$17 million operation that includes extra staff, provision of additional shelter and assistance, and protection for refugees and internally displaced people.

Posted on 20 May 2008

The Gulf of Aden: Sharp Rise in Crossings and Deaths

Gulf of Aden People-Smuggling: International Help Needed

An alarming number of people are dying trying to reach Yemen aboard smugglers' boats crossing the Gulf of Aden from Somalia. Over a three-week period in late 2005, at least 150 people perished while making the journey. These deaths are frequently the result of overcrowded boats capsizing or breaking down and going adrift without food or water. Those who survive the voyage to Yemen often give brutal accounts of smugglers beating passengers or forcing them overboard while still far off shore – in some instances with their hands and feet bound.

In response, UNHCR has issued an urgent appeal for action to stem the flow of desperate Ethiopian and Somali refugees and migrants falling prey to ruthless smugglers in a bid to reach Yemen and beyond. The refugee agency has also been working with the authorities in Puntland, in north-eastern Somalia, on ways to inform people about the dangers of using smugglers to cross the Gulf of Aden. This includes production of videos and radio programmes to raise awareness among Somalis and Ethiopians of the risks involved in such crossings.

Gulf of Aden People-Smuggling: International Help Needed

Crossing the Gulf of Aden

Every year thousands of people in the Horn of Africa - mainly Somalis and Ethiopians - leave their homes out of fear or pure despair, in search of safety or a better life. They make their way over dangerous Somali roads to Bossaso in the northern semi-autonomous region of Puntland.

In this lawless area, smuggler networks have free reign and innocent and desperate civilians pay up to US$150 to make the perilous trip across the Gulf of Aden.

Some stay weeks on end in safe houses or temporary homes in Bossaso before they can depart. A sudden call and a departure in the middle of the night, crammed in small unstable boats. At sea, anything can happen to them - they are at the whim of smugglers. Some people get beaten, stabbed, killed and thrown overboard. Others drown before arriving on the beaches of Yemen, which have become the burial ground for hundreds who many of those who died en route.

Crossing the Gulf of Aden

2011 Yemen: Risking All for a Better Future

Plagued by violence, drought and poverty, thousands of people in the Horn of Africa leave their homes out of desperation every year. Seeking safety or a better life, these civilians - mainly Somalis and Ethiopians - make the dangerous journey through Somalia to the northern port of Bossaso.

Once there, they pay up to US$150 to make the perilous trip across the Gulf of Aden on smugglers' boats. They often wait for weeks in Bossaso's safe houses or temporary homes until a sudden call prompts their departure under the veil of night, crammed into small rickety boats.

Out at sea, they are at the whim of smugglers. Some passengers get beaten, stabbed, killed and thrown overboard. Others drown before reaching the beaches of Yemen, which have become the burial ground for hundreds of innocent people who die en route.

The Yemen-based Society for Humanitarian Solidarity (SHS) has been helping these people since 1995. On September 13, 2011 UNHCR announced that the NGO had won this year's Nansen Refugee Award for its tireless efforts to assist people arriving from the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.

2011 Yemen: Risking All for a Better Future

Yemeni humanitarian aid group wins 2011 Nansen Refugee Award

The founder and staff of the Society for Humanitarian Solidarity (SHS), a humanitarian organization in Yemen, has won the 2011 Nansen Refugee Award for their work in aiding and rescuing refugees and migrants who make the dangerous sea journey across the Gulf of Aden from the Horn of Africa. View a slideshow of the group's life-saving work, patrolling the beaches of southern Yemen for new arrivals and providing food, shelter and medical care to those who survive the dangerous journey.

Yemeni humanitarian aid group wins 2011 Nansen Refugee Award

Shelter for the Displaced in Yemen

The port city of Aden in southern Yemen has long been a destination for refugees, asylum-seekers and economic migrants after making the dangerous sea crossing from the Horn of Africa. Since May 2011, Aden also has been providing shelter to tens of thousands of Yemenis fleeing fighting between government forces and armed groups in neighbouring Abyan governorate.

Most of the 157,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from Abyan have found shelter with friends and relatives, but some 20,000 have been staying in dozens of public schools and eight vacant public buildings. Conditions are crowded with several families living together in a single classroom.

Many IDPs expected their displacement would not be for long. They wish to return home, but cannot do so due to the fighting. Moreover, some are fearful of reprisals if they return to areas where many homes were destroyed or severely damaged in bombings.

UNHCR has provided emergency assistance, including blankets, plastic sheeting and wood stoves, to almost 70,000 IDPs from Abyan. Earlier this year, UNHCR rehabilitated two buildings, providing shelter for 2,000 people and allowing 3,000 children, IDPs and locals, to resume schooling in proper classrooms. UNHCR is advocating with the authorities for the conversion of additional public buildings into transitional shelters for the thousands of IDPs still living in schools.

Photographer Pepe Rubio Larrauri travelled to Aden in March 2012 to document the day-to-day lives of the displaced.

Shelter for the Displaced in Yemen

Yemeni Province Starts Rebuilding as 100,000 Displaced Return

Life is slowly returning to normal in urban and rural areas of the southern Yemeni province of Abyan, where fighting between government forces and rebels caused major population displacements in 2011 and 2012.

But since last July, as hostilities subsided and security began to improve, more than 100,000 internally displaced people (IDP) have returned to their homes in the province, or governorate. Most spent more than a year in temporary shelters in neighbouring provinces such as Aden and Lahj.

Today, laughing children once more play without fear in the streets of towns like the Abyan capital, Zinjibar, and shops are reopening. But the damage caused by the conflict is visible in many areas and the IDPs have returned to find a lack of basic services and livelihood opportunities as well as lingering insecurity in some areas.

There is frustration about the devastation, which has also affected electricity and water supplies, but most returnees are hopeful about the future and believe reconstruction will soon follow. UNHCR has been providing life-saving assistance since the IDP crisis first began in 2011, and is now helping with the returns.

Amira Al Sharif, a Yemeni photojournalist, visited Abyan recently to document life for the returnees.

Yemeni Province Starts Rebuilding as 100,000 Displaced Return

Yemeni NGO wins Nansen AwardPlay video

Yemeni NGO wins Nansen Award

The Society for Humanitarian Solidarity wins the 2011 Nansen Refugee Award for helping tens of thousands of refugees and migrants who make the treacherous journey to Yemen on smugglers' boats.
Yemen: Waiting for peacePlay video

Yemen: Waiting for peace

The Yemeni government has declared the war in the north is over. But most of the roughly 280,000 people uprooted by the violence are reluctant to return home.
Yemen: Further DisplacementPlay video

Yemen: Further Displacement

In Yemen the fighting continues in the north. UNHCR reports that the numbers of families fleeing is mounting and camps for the displaced are becoming crowded.
Conflict in YemenPlay video

Conflict in Yemen

The situation in northern Yemen remains tense and volatile. The UN refugee agency is providing assistance to the thousands who have fled their homes to escape recent fighting between government forces and rebel fighters, but continued insecurity makes access difficult.
Yemen: Risking RefugePlay video

Yemen: Risking Refuge

Increasingly large numbers of Somali refugees and other desperate people are trying to make their way across the Gulf of Aden to the shores of Yemen to find refuge from war and poverty. This desperate journey has cost hundreds their lives as they seek a better life. UNHCR assists those who survive and tries to discourage others from making the perilous journey. Note that this video contains graphic images.
Testimonial: Somali SurvivorPlay video

Testimonial: Somali Survivor

Testimonial of a Somali survivor after reaching Yemen