The Rapid Reponse Mechanisim provides immediate releif to families feeling violence in Ibb

A lifesaving mechanism for the needy people in Yemen

An internal displaced camp in yemen
UNICEF Yemen/2019
06 December 2019

Mamdooh, his wife and their three children fled from fighting in Al-Hali, Hodeidah in September. They arrived with nothing, and with the mass influx of people there was barely enough tents for everyone. All they could find initially was a torn mattress and some blankets as they arrived in the Heratha IDP site.

Back in Hodeihah, Mamdooh worked as a porter. He was able to provide small support to his wife and their three children.

“I used to earn a small daily wage to feed my wife and children and live peacefully in my small house in Hodeidah,” he says. “Now we hardly have enough food. I go from one place to another one to clean cars. Many times I have been beaten up and told to leave as I do this work. I see our children starving. My wife goes out begging every day and sometimes she comes back some food.”

As soon as there was an alert of new arrivals in the Heratha camp, UNICEF, UNHCR and IOM conducted a joint mission to assess the most urgent needs. Tamdeen, a UNFPA partner, arrived quickly after as part of the Rapid Response Mechanism and distributed RRM kits to help the families settle.

The kits brought immediate relief. The food was rapidly consumed, and the dignity kits provided comfort to Mamdooh’s wife. Mamdooh was also able to use the box that contained the RRM kit to reinforce the tent and protect his family from cold and rain

“We thank Allah and thank you for providing us with this stuff. But how do we get permanent support, so we can feed and clean our children?” asks Mamdooh while looking with sorrow at his children.


An IDP in Yemen with his child
UNICEF Yemen/2019
Mamdooh while looking with sorrow at his children.

The Rapid Response Mechanism is a life saving intervention that is made possible through funding provided to UN partners by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Although it provides immediate relief to displaced families that have endured so much, sustainable solutions must be found.