Responding Rapidly to Displaced Families' Needs in Yemen
Provide immediate assistance to those affected by the conflict
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Ravaged by over eight years of conflict, Yemen is facing a severe humanitarian crisis that has left millions of people in dire need of assistance. UNICEF Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) project has been operating with the support of OCHA YHF fund to orr. The project aims to deliver essential items to affected areas, providing hygiene kits, health kits and female kits in many locations, including Khanfir District, Abyan Governorate, which host thousands of Internally Displaced Persons.
Overcoming Challenges to Deliver Assistance
Despite its challenges, the RRM project has been instrumental in providing essential items to displaced families in Yemen.
Mukhtar Mohammed, an RRM Field Officer in Abyan Governorate, shared, "The challenge we face during the distribution is the distance of IDPs from the main distribution area, so we have to transport the kits to their locations. Sometimes, the road may be rugged. Nevertheless, we try our best to deliver the kits to a nearby location from these IDPs, so they don't have to pay the expensive transportation fees. This is the most demanding challenge we face."
Voices of Hope and Overcoming Struggles with the Help of Kits
The UNICEF RRM project has successfully responded to the needs of displaced families, ensuring that they receive essential items as soon as possible. Taiseer Mohammed, a displaced mother of twins from Taiz Governorate who now lives in Jawlat Sada Camp, said: "UNICEF's support was really helpful for us. They provided us with essential hygiene kits that include soap, detergents, and towels. We were also given jerry cans for water storage and slippers to protect our feet."
Samira Zaid, a displaced woman from Al-Hudaydah Governorate who lives in the same camp, also benefited from UNICEF RRM project. " We were offered a kit with all the necessary items to maintain hygiene. This was really helpful."
"There is also a washing basin where we can wash our clothes and water containers that we can use to bring clean water.”
Comprehensive Assistance for Yemen's Displaced Families
The RRM project has demonstrated the possibility of providing rapid support to families in need and helped prevent the spread of diseases and epidemics, which is of significant concern in IDP camps. UNICEF aims to expand the project's reach to include additional areas with displaced families. However, there is still much more to be done to alleviate the burdens faced by IDPs. UNICEF remains unwavering in its efforts to combat their struggles.