With 14 out of 22 Yemen’s governorates in war crisis, over 900 refugees have reached Horn of Africa to avoid air strikes and armed conflicts, as per the United High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The number of people crossing Gulf of Aden is increasing by the day.
In the last 10 days 317 Yemeni refugees have reached Obock and over 582 Yemenis and Somalis and some Ethiopians and Djiboutian refugees have also been reported to have arrived in Somalia.
Dr. Ahmed Shadoul, WHO representative for Yemen stated that Aden has been the worst affected in terms of refugee arrival as there is shortage of supplies, medical equipments and personnel. He stated that, “WHO is very keen on trying to ensure basic services, but we are facing problems such as power cuts and fuel shortages which hinder the work carried out in hospitals”. Mr. Shadoul stated that 2191 wounded and 648 deaths have been reported and there must be more.
After the first air-strike by Saudi began against Shiite Hunthi rebels in March, the first aid plane of UNICEF landed in Sana’s airport. This plane carried over 16 tons of medical supplies to help the affected civilians. Similarly, a Red Cross plane carrying medical supplies and water also landed last Friday.
As per the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Johannes Van Der Klaauw, this aid is pertinent as over 16 million Yemenis might need humanitarian assistance. He stated his concern that over 1 million people have been cut off from accessing clean drinking water in a single day and therefore the parties in conflict should provide humanitarian pause so that the aid workers provide assistance to the civilian lives.