Yemen Crisis

About the Crisis

The people of Yemen are simultaneously facing the world’s largest food security emergency and the world’s worst cholera outbreak. Millions of people are at risk of catastrophic hunger or famine, and as conditions continue to deteriorate, the U.S. is gravely concerned about the risk of famine. In addition, an aggressive resurgence of cholera has spread throughout most of the country, with more than 1 million suspected cases since April 2017​.

The primary driver of the crisis is the ongoing conflict that broke out in March 2015. The continued violence has displaced 2 million people and has left nearly 76 percent of the country—or more than 22 million people—in need of humanitarian assistance.

While access continues to be hampered by the fighting, USAID and its humanitarian partners continue to provide life-saving aid to Yemenis in need. This assistance includes food for vulnerable families, treatment for malnutrition, emergency medical care, safe drinking water, and hygiene kits to fight the spread of diseases like cholera.

Details About the Ongoing Response Efforts

Additional Resources

More information on the U.S. government’s humanitarian response in Yemen can be found here.

Additional information on humanitarian relief organizations can be found on ReliefWeb, a humanitarian information portal run by the United Nations.


USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) leads and coordinates the U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. Learn More About USAID/OFDA

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