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  • Yemen (2017-2023)

    A woman holds her malnourished boy after he was weighed at a hospital malnutrition intensive care unit in Sanaa, Yemen September 27, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

    “I give Crisis Action 10/10, and personally I’ve learned a lot from Crisis Action’s model. I’ve never seen an organization that can network and mobilize so effectively, and at the same time respect all its partners. Crisis Action’s professional and honest work means a lot to us. Yemen is a country which a small effort can make a serious difference. The efforts of Crisis Action champions helped us to reach our voice to the UNSC and achieve important steps that give us all a hope that some difference can be made.” —Radhya Almutawakel, President, Mwatana Organisation for Human Rights.

    The conflict in Yemen escalated in 2015 after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched a military intervention in the hopes of defeating the Houthi armed groups and restoring the internationally recognized Yemeni government.

    Seven years later the conflict continues and has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with almost 80% of the country’s population needing aid to survive. All sides of the conflict have conducted themselves in a way that violates international law — from airstrikes on civilian sites, blockades of major air and sea ports, torture and indiscriminate detention, and extensive obstruction of aid delivery.

    Since 2015, the conflict has caused nearly 400,000 deaths, with 60% attributed to indirect causes such as hunger and preventable diseases, and 38.5% caused by front-line combat and airstrikes. The war has had a severe impact on Yemeni children. More than 10,000 children have been killed or maimed since the beginning of the conflict. Some 2 million children are out of school during vital developmental years.

    In 2017, Crisis Action responded to partner requests to organize a global campaign aimed at pressuring the warring parties to adhere to a revitalized, inclusive peace process, tangible measures to address the humanitarian crisis, and an end to attacks on civilians. Since then, we have sought stronger accountability for war crimes, an end to arbitrary detention and a halt to arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition.

    Crisis Action has brought together a global network of partners and allies to:

    Regrettably, the UN accountability mechanism that Crisis Action, our partners and allies worked so hard to see implemented–the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen (GEE)–was disbanded in late 2021 following an extensive Saudi lobbying campaign. In the following months, rates of civilian casualties escalated dramatically until, in April 2022, the UN negotiated a tentative truce between all parties that remains in place for now. While all hopes are that the truce can be turned into a lasting peace, our campaign is now focused on securing a more robust accountability mechanism to replace the GEE, to ensure–if the fragile truce fails–that all parties responsible for future violations of international law are held accountable and Yemeni civilians receive justice.