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For almost four years Yemen has been wracked by a bitter civil war, which has weakened the local population and shattered the health system.
It has become very difficult for the Yemeni population to access food, and so 1.8 million children are now suffering from undernourishment.
The civil war has not only weakened the population, it has also greatly affected infrastructures such as the drinking water supply and medical care in particular. Fewer than half of the country’s medical facilities still function properly.
According to the UNHCR, 24 million people – almost three times the population of Switzerland – now depend on humanitarian aid.
Although working in Yemen is extremely difficult and dangerous, several of our partner NGOs and their local partners are on the ground administering medical aid, in particular treating undernourished children, and providing access to water and hygiene.
Swiss Solidarity is immediately releasing one million francs from its emergency fund to provide aid in Yemen. However, your donations are also needed to help alleviate the huge suffering of the Yemeni people.