An elderly man in Yemen walks with a stick over rubble from destroyed buildings.People are facing immense hardship in Yemen as conflict takes its toll.

On World Humanitarian Day – a day to remember people affected by humanitarian crises, as well as those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service – we take a look at some images from Yemen.

Sana'a's Sawan district in Yemen lies in ruins

Sana’a, Sawan district

Civilian areas have not been spared in the fighting. All sides have suffered.

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, visited Yemen recently.

Amid the destruction, the civilian population struggles to survive. Every day brings new challenges and new dangers.

Since March, it’s estimated that nearly 4,000 people have been killed and more than 19,000 injured. Some 1.3 million have been forced to flee their homes.


Saada city

The ICRC has helped supply water to more than two million people and provided food and other essentials for more than 100,000 people since January.

It supports health facilities by donating urgent supplies and equipment, and by sending in surgical teams who specialise in treating war injuries.

A wounded father and his two children with bandages on their hands and feet sit in a hospital waiting room in Yemen This family suffered second and third degree burns. The hospitals are struggling to cope with the numbers of patients. Supplies are short.

Ninety per cent of the country’s food is imported, but restrictions mean most of it cannot be brought into the country.


Women and children queue for water near Al-Kuweit hospital in Sana’a.


Taiz, Demna area

Dozens of people line up in blistering heat to buy wheat amid extreme food shortages across the country.


Red Cross workers help in the evacuation of a hospital in Aden due to fighting nearby.

Across the country, at least 150 medical facilities have been damaged or destroyed.

Four volunteers with the Yemen Red Crescent Society, our sister organisation in Yemen, have lost their lives since the conflict began.


A local resident explains to Peter how her home was destroyed in the old city of Sana’a

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