Yemen: Displaced in Sana’a’s Old City (1)

Local Editor

Rocked by more than three years of conflict, the majority of those living in Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance.

The civil war escalated in March 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition launched air attacks on Yemen.

Since then, more than 13,000 people have been killed, millions have been forced to flee and the country has been ravaged by disease and hunger.

Forced to flee her home, 70-year-old widow, Qafia, passes time at the entrance of a small house she rents in Sanaa's Old City.

Jamal Mahmood, 13, juggles school and work, selling necklaces in the morning at Sanaa's Old City market before attending school at noon. Forced to flee his home in the neighbouring Amran governorate at the beginning of the war, Jamal helps provide for his parents, siblings and grandfather earning between $0.80 and $3.50 a day. More than 10 percent of Yemen's workforce are believed to be children.

Sisters Eman and Amani Asabah play among rubble and debris in the Old City of Sanaa. After their house was destroyed in the war they fled with their family from the Old City but have since returned to live in a dwelling near their former home. In addition to two million currently displaced in Yemen, there are one million displaced now attempting to return back to their homes. 

Having escaped Yemen’s embattled governorate of Taiz, Ahmed Saleh Ali sits on a rooftop terrace in Sana'a’s Old City, longing to return home. He arrived in Sana'a more than a year ago with his six children after his home was shelled. He is among more than 22 million people in Yemen that are in need of humanitarian assistance.

This photo essay is provided by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by Website Team