African migrants resting beside a road in the eastern city of Marib, Yemen | Credit: ARCHIVE/EPA/YAHYA ARHAB
African migrants resting beside a road in the eastern city of Marib, Yemen | Credit: ARCHIVE/EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

The situation in Yemen is getting worse by the hour as the number of displaced people and civilians targeted by the conflict is growing, the Danish Refugee Council says. The organization calls for a political solution to the conflict and the respect of human rights.

The organization Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has denounced in a statement that the ''humanitarian situation is deteriorating every hour'' and that, with ongoing clashes and ever-changing frontlines, the number of displaced people increases every day and over 20 million people in the country need help. 

The NGO said that the port city of Hodeidah was at the center of heavy fighting with serious consequences for the civilian population and displaced people. 

According to the United Nations, almost 470,000 people have fled the governorate of Hodeidah since the start of June. In Yemen, millions are displaced and 75 percent of the population relies on humanitarian aid. For over three years, a civil war has been tearing the country apart.  

Huge needs for the population 

"The frontline around Hodeidah is constantly changing," said the head of DRC's emergency department, Christian Gad. He said the organization has met with displaced people who have fled fighting nearby. "They are now living in impromptu tent camps, unfinished buildings and collective shelters. Their needs are huge, which is one of the reasons why the DRC is expanding in Yemen." 

The situation in Yemen has been described by the UN as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Over 22 million people there are in need of humanitarian assistance, 17.8 million people live in insecurity and 8.4 million don't know where to get their next meal.  

''The situation in Yemen includes everything that can be imagined in a humanitarian catastrophe. The internally displaced, repatriated people, lack of food, diseases such as cholera and ongoing fighting'', said DRC director for the country, Audrey Crawford. 

Children mutilated in air raids 

The organization has denounced that several areas and many civilians in Yemen were struck by air strikes, including schools and hospitals, sparking fear and significant damages for civilians. Thousands of civilians, including children, were killed and wounded in the attacks. 

"We are assisting children who were mutilated after the air raids, who lost a limb walking on a landmine or after being hit by a missile," said Crawford.

The Danish Refugee Council operates in Yemen from both sides of the conflict, covering 19 and 22 governorates in the country. The organization is asking all sides to work for a political solution and to start respecting international humanitarian law. 

"Peace in Yemen is the only way to follow. Each day we see the devastating impact the conflict has on the lives of common people and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation. All this must end now," said Crawford.
 

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