Yemen Water Crisis

‘This country is experiencing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, and they are running out of water. People don’t have enough to drink.’

You may have heard of the ongoing conflict in Yemen, but did you know they are also facing a severe water crisis? The country is running out of accessible water, and the ongoing conflict is only making it worse.

Nearly 51% of Yemenis have no access to safe water, and 30% have no adequate sanitation. Over 17 million people need support to meet their basic water, sanitation and hygiene needs.

As one of the most water scarce countries in the world, Yemen is a desert climate with no rivers or freshwater lakes, and the only water access is through rainwater harvesting or borehole water pumps, which need fuel to operate.

But in this harsh context of conflict, and with high fuel prices caused by instability in the region, water sources are not operating properly, and people are struggling to maintain them. Some are even selling their livestock just so they can buy fuel to extract safe water.

Image: Overall Water Severity Scores in Yemen’s Districts (Source: Yemen Socio-Economic Update 2021)

Image: Overall Water Severity Scores in Yemen’s Districts (Source: Yemen Socio-Economic Update 2021)

“There is a sense of desperation among people. They are tired and have been dealing with this situation for a long time.” – WASH Project Specialist, Yemen.

Together we can bring life-giving water to those suffering through this humanitarian crisis.

Aya, pictured here in her village, where access to water is a daily struggle

Aya, pictured here in her village, where access to water is a daily struggle

Aya*, a mother of two, struggles to cope. “Transporting water takes a lot of our time, health and effort,” she said, “I dream of free, safe access to drinking water”.

With the issue of poor sanitation and water access also comes the dangerous problem of disease. Since 2017 there have been over 2 million cases of cholera in Yemen. This is leading to malnutrition, which affects young children most, and acute malnutrition is becoming a critical concern. But with your help, we can see that change.

A gift today can give someone like Aya access to life-saving water, and a chance to live a healthy life, with restored hope for the future.

A little girl in Yemen standing beside a make-shift latrine.

A little girl in Yemen standing beside a latrine.

Samaritan’s Purse is on the ground in Yemen, working in the harsh, mountainous region where the need is especially great, to improve access to life-saving water.

This project aims to support around 7,000 of the most vulnerable who are struggling in these conditions. We are focusing on protecting and rehabilitating water sources, promoting hygiene, and improving knowledge on managing water resources.

Through this project, you can support those in immediate need in the middle of this humanitarian crisis.

Will you come alongside those who are suffering through conflict and water scarcity, and help save a life by donating today?

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*Name changed for security reasons.

"I WAS THIRSTY AND YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING TO DRINK"

Matthew 25:35