Thousands of public service employees across Yemen have not been paid their salaries for more than a year and a half.
Sanaa, Yemen – One thousand days of war in Yemen: thousands killed, tens of thousands wounded, and millions pushed towards famine.
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is entirely man-made, the result of three years of brutal violence and insidious tactics that continue to deprive millions of people of basic supplies and services.
A staggering 1.2 million civil servants haven’t received their salaries in more than a year, leaving health, education, and sanitation services without the people and resources needed to keep them running. Public infrastructure has been damaged and homes destroyed, forcing more than three million to flee their homes, most with only what they can carry. People living in congested conditions have too little access to money, food, water and medicine.
Prices are up but purchasing power is down, forcing people to make difficult choices with the few resources they have – water or transport to hospital? Medicine or food?
Wednesday marks 1,000 days since the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia began bombing rebel forces who seized the capital, Sanaa, and other territory during a lightning-quick offensive.
Today, the Saudi-led coalition’s ongoing blockade on commercial fuel is choking a struggling population, and obstructions from the Houthi rebel authorities within Yemen prevent what there is from reaching people.
As a result, water pumps are switched off, hospital generators stop running, the cost of transport is out of reach and 22.2 million people in Yemen now depend on humanitarian aid.
About 16 million people cannot access safe water or healthcare, 4.5 million children are at risk of losing access to education, 8.4 million Yemenis are close to starvation.
The following photo story collected from Yemen by the Norwegian Refugee Council sheds light on the devastating impact of the last 1,000 days on ordinary Yemenis.
“My life was beautiful because I could walk & write. I used to be able to sit in a chair at my desk and I used to love writing, but now I can’t even hold a pen.”
— Save the Children YE (@SaveChildrenYE) December 20, 2017