Saba Relief & Development Foundation is the UK’s first registered charity that is exclusively focused on raising funds for Yemen. With Yemen being one of the driest, poorest and least developed countries in the world, we are doing everything we can to make a positive difference.
After more than five years of conflict, Yemen has become (according to the United Nations) one of the largest humanitarian crises globally. The latest statistics show that over 12 million Yemenis are in desperate need of life-saving assistance. Basic services, and the economy, are on the brink of collapse. Livelihoods have been destroyed; imports of food, fuel and warm clothes have become severely restricted.
In July 2015, having recognised the severity of the mounting suffering, we declared Yemen a level 3 crisis, thereby setting in motion a UN-wide surge response. We understood the need to shift gears and mobilised our most experienced staff.
With countless homes damaged or destroyed, and as conditions continue to deteriorate, civilians are bearing the brunt of the violence. When the conflict started, many people fled with just the clothes they were wearing and now live in tents, damp unfurnished buildings and makeshift self-built shelters without adequate food, warm clothes, heating or electricity.
Recently, the situation has become extremely difficult with millions suffering from malnutrition and the country finding itself on the brink of famine. It is estimated that a child dies every 10 minutes as a result of malnutrition and preventable diseases.
Saba Relief recognises that there is a shortage of media coverage highlighting the plight of Yemen and its people, which, in turn, has significantly impacted the ability to raise funds and gather support. Nevertheless, we have focused all our efforts to alleviate the suffering in Yemen and this focus is one of our guiding principles.
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