UNHCR’s Adha Appeal Rallies Support for Displaced Families in Yemen Facing Hunger

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  • After more than six years of conflict, Yemen remains one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises leaving 66% of the population dependent on humanitarian aid.
  • Today, millions of people in Yemen face devastating hunger because they don’t have enough money to afford food.
  • During the blessed days of Dhul Hijjah, UNHCR calls for public support to help displaced families facing poverty to fence off hunger and malnutrition in Yemen.
  • UNHCR is working tirelessly to ensure that its cash assistance program targets the most vulnerable families, especially those on the verge of famine.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has launched an appeal on the occasion of Eid Al Adha, to rally support from the public and private sector to ensure families have the necessary means to purchase food and other essential items through its cash assistance programme.

The appeal seeks to raise funds during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah in support of displaced Yemeni families, to help them afford food and clean water.

Today, millions of Yemenis face hunger as they cannot afford to buy food. With the prospect of poverty and humanitarian needs exponentially growing, UNHCR has dedicated a large portion of its programme for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) classified as being on the verge of famine.

“It is unacceptable today that fathers, mothers, children and grandparents in Yemen are living in famine-like conditions, after enduring six years of war. We are working hard with our partners and generous donors to ensure that displaced families who are most in need are protected from malnutrition and hunger,” said Houssam Chahine, Chief of Private Sector Partnerships for the Middle East and North Africa at UNHCR. “We urge the public to make the most out of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah and Eid Al Adha and dedicate their Sadqah to help provide cash assistance to Yemeni families so they can afford basic nutrition.”

Contributions can be dedicated to Yemen through UNHCR’s GiveZakat app and platforms. The app complements UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund’s web-based platform, offering an easier and quicker way to conveniently deliver lifesaving Zakat and Sadaqah to vulnerable populations in several locations.

UNHCR requires USD 271 million for helping people in Yemen this year. Only half of these urgently needed funds were available at mid-year.

In 2020, UNHCR implemented the largest cash assistance programme targeting IDPs in Yemen, assisting over 1.2 million displaced Yemenis. With the support of generous contributions, in 2021 UNHCR plans to exceed last year’s cash assistance to IPDs.

“We provide cash assistance for displaced people to cover their most urgent needs such as food, medicine, emergency shelter, mattresses and blankets,” explained Chahine.

About UNHCR:

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, leads international action to protect people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. We deliver life-saving assistance like shelter, food and water, help safeguard fundamental human rights, and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place to call home where they can build a better future. We also work to ensure that stateless people are granted a nationality.

About UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund:

In a bid to strengthen partnerships with Zakat institutions and donors, the Refugee Zakat Fund was launched by UNHCR in 2019, harnessing the power of Zakat and Sadaqah to transform the lives of refugees and IDPs. The fund is backed by more than 10 fatwas, most recently from the International Islamic Fiqh Academy and Al Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy. Moreover, the fund is subject to strict governance, ensuring the utmost transparency at every step – from donation to provision of assistance. In 2020, the fund has helped 2.1 million beneficiaries in 13 countries including Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Mauritania, Niger, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, through Zakat & Sadaqah donations.