Yemen, despair reigns amongst displaced

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19 July 2021

Displaced Yemenis forced to constantly flee across the country, as the conflict never stops

 Since the Houthi rebels gained control over most of the Yemeni territory in 2014, several thousands of civilians have been forced to abandon their houses in order to seek safety elsewhere. Seven years later, the situation in the country is far from being improved, as hostilities continue and personal security still appears a chimera. TRT World has recently reported that, amid such never-ending armed clashes, thousands of internally displaced people are constantly on the move, fleeing from one location to the other across the entire country in the attempt to find a safer place for them and for their families.

The numbers regarding the displacement crisis in Yemen are staggering. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimated that at least 40,824 people have been displaced by the current conflict in the first half of 2021, whereas 81 households –including 1086 people- were displaced at least once in the last week of June alone. According to the TRT World sources, the Marib province has probably been the most stricken area throughout the last months, as the Houthi rebels have intensified their attacks in order to take control over the affluent oil fields of the region. As an aftermath of this situation of insecurity, internally displaced people cannot find permanent houses, being forced to escape regularly from their temporary shelters. As announced by the IOM, four internally displaced people’s camps situated in the Marib province have been abandoned since February 2021.

In light of this, it is paramount to prioritize the support for such a vulnerable group of people, delivering massive humanitarian aid to Yemeni civilians and making sure they can finally settle in a safe place.  

 

Sources:

https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/displaced-yemenis-constantly-on-the-move-amid-relentless-fighting-48489

https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/battle-for-yemen-s-marib-flares-up-as-90-fighters-killed-in-two-days-47751

https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/fighting-in-yemen-s-marib-intensifies-again-government-sources-47868

 

Author: Gianpaolo Mascaro; Editor: Jasmina Saric

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