The war in Yemen has been intensifying since 2015. With the effects of the pandemic, 24 million people, 80 percent of the country's population, are struggling for life, almost at the border of hunger. The water crisis due to the destruction and pollution of underground water resources also makes the life of Yemenis more difficult.
While IBC has been active in Yemen since 2019, it met the basic food needs of 2000 families in the region during the month of Ramadan. Also, IBC delivered a total of 30 tons of water, 15 liters of clean water per day, to 1000 migrant families who were victims of war in the Abian and Hadramod camps.
IBC, which has solved the clean water problem of 200 villages and settlements to date, will provide clean water to 75 villages by activating 22 more water wells this year, together with the Canadian donor organization IDRF.
IBC Yemen Country Director Rashad Al Saaidi stated that Blue Crescent continues to be a hope for migrant families who are struggling to survive under challenging conditions, especially in IDPs camps, and emphasized that international relief organizations are insufficient for the crisis in Yemen. Al Saaidi said, “As IBC, our relief continues uninterruptedly through our donor organizations in these difficult days. Apart from Ramadan food packages, we regularly distribute clean water, which is the most important need, to every family by visiting the campsites with our tankers. The supply of clean water is of vital importance, especially in this period of increasing air temperatures.
Saleh Al Mahmod, one of the residents of the village, has been 2 km from the village for years. Stating that they carry drinking water with their riding animals from the small creek bed far away, he stated that the water needs of 4 more villages in the vicinity were met with the operation of the well.
Al Mahmood shared his feelings by saying, "The water we brought by transporting was not clean before, now we have clean and abundant spring water from 80 meters deep, thank you."