“We were exhausted, hungry, scared and anxious”

The Rapid Response Mechanism offers a lifeline to the most vulnerable people

Yemeni family receiving  humanitarian aid
UNICEF Yemen/2019
06 December 2019

Mohammad Jaber Al-Khodari was killed as fighting escalated in Amran Province. His devastated family including his wife, who is disabled, fled, with nothing, to find safety in Aljawf Province in Ghrab Almarashi district.

“We travelled for four days, leaving behind all our possessions until we reached Alshara (a sub-district of Kharab Almarashi). We had to settle in an open area without shelter or food,” said one of the brothers. We were exhausted, hungry, scared and anxious.  But, once we arrived, we met with members of the area’s community network who informed the community centre about us.”

The Rapid response Mechanism (RRM) team, that functions because of vital funding support from OCHA, was immediately dispatched.

A Yemeni displaced girl receiving the Rapid Response kit in AlJawf governorate
UNICEF Yemen/2019
A Yemeni displaced girl receiving the Rapid Response kit in AlJawf governorate

The family received an RRM kit provided by UNFPA partner YARD. The kits provided immediate relief. The food was quickly consumed and the hygiene kits (provided by UNICEF) and dignity kits were extremely appreciated by the family. Since arriving, without a means of income, they are in a precarious situation. The family has been referred for protection case management to continue the support they so vitally need.

The immediate relief provided through the RRM kit brought some smiles back to the children. Their mother expressed her gratitude for the support. They can now begin to recover from the trauma they have endured and start to think about a future.

Despite the complex operating environment in Yemen, a timely response to the arrival of displaced families is crucial. It saves lives, helps prevent the spread of disease and can ease the immediate suffering from communities that have already endured too much. The RRM works with humanitarian partners who know the local terrain and can get aid quickly to families who need it most.