Shelter Crisis Worsens as Displaced Yemenis Soar

The number of Yemeni IDPs have been rising continuously, resulting in the soaring needs of IDPs. Many of the Yemenis ended up building rudimentary tents made of plastics.

Yemen shelter crisis.
The rising amount of IDPs in Yemen causes soaring needs for shelters. (Oxfam/Ruth James)

ACTNews, MARIB – As the conflict in Yemen’s Marib governorate forces more people to flee, humanitarian needs including shelter are also soaring to alarming levels as warned by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

A recent UNHCR needs assessment showed that conditions at the settlements are deplorable. They have exceeded capacity, hosting in total nearly 190,000 people.

Shelters are inadequate, and many have been further damaged by recent floods and fire incidents due to open-fire cooking.

Given the scarce resources from humanitarian partners, scores of displaced families have been forced to build their accommodation themselves, using old blankets and plastic sheeting.  

With 9 in 10 of the settlements built on private land and without occupancy agreements, fear is high among the residents about the threat of eviction.

In addition to the shelter crisis, UNHCR also mentions that clean water, latrines, electricity, and health facilities are also in short supply. Only 21 percent of residents are reachable by aid organizations due to the prevailing insecurity, as these families were displaced in the vicinity of active frontlines. 

Until now, women and children constitute 80 percent of the displaced Yemenis. With limited shelter options, they are the ones who suffer most from the ensuing overcrowding, lack of privacy, and limited access to basic services such as toilets or water. Those situations force them to have unsafe and uncomfortable live.[]