Yemen – Lack of aid exacerbates suffering of displaced persons in Rabat camp
Location: Lahij governorate – Yemen
Source: A24 in Yemen
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Thousands of displaced persons in Rabat camp in Lahij governorate in southern Yemen, struggle with food insecurity.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees describes the crisis in Yemen as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, estimating that 66% of the country’s population, equivalent to 21 million Yemenis, are in need of humanitarian aid, including 4 million internally displaced persons.
Displaced persons told A24 that living conditions are deteriorating in Rabat camp, demanding real support from international and humanitarian organizations.
UN organization reported in a statement that one out of every eight Yemenis is displaced, and that about 172,000 people have been displaced recently, most of them within Marib governorate, which hosts 55% of the total number of internally displaced persons, along with Hajjah, Hudaydah and Taiz governorates.
– Soundbite (Hamama Haider Saad Ali – Displaced person)
“We are a family of seven that consists of the mother, father, three daughters and two sons. I suffer from diabetes, I use insulin shots for treatment. My daughter suffers from epilepsy. My husband does not have a stable job, sometimes he works in a blacksmith shop, sometimes as a porter or a delivery man on a rented motorcycle. We get by as best as we can. We hope for humanitarian aid from UN organization including foodstuffs. Our living conditions in the camp are very poor.”
– Soundbite (Basima Abdo Qaed – Displaced person)
“I have three older children, my husband is dead. The three of them try their best to support me but we can barely get by, we cannot afford to buy food every day so the younger children remain without food often. There is no solution to the problem, I am forced to borrow money to afford food for my children. The money is not even enough to pay for living expenses, so I do not have enough to pay the debts back. We used to receive aid from UN organization, but now there is no more food aid, I only have my older three children to support the family.”
– Soundbite (Hassan Salem – In charge of displaced persons):
“Displaced persons are afflicted with poverty, food insecurity, diseases, unemployment and lack of daily income. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provides financial aid but it is very little and not to cover basic needs.”