Assessing the humanitarian situation in Saada [Archives:2005/805/Local News]

January 6 2005

The Yemeni Red Crescent Society (YRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has produced an assessment of the post-conflict humanitarian situation in Saada province.

Since the conflict started, the YRCS and the ICRC worked to address the humanitarian needs of civilians affected by the conflict. In mid-September, immediately after the end of the conflict, the YRC has, with the support of the ICRC, undertaken the first distribution of non-food relief items to needy families in Marran area.

Twenty-one YRCS volunteers, two field officers of the ICRC, and five students and teachers from the Marran area participated in the humanitarian assessment.

They spent four days in the Marran mountains and adjacent areas, visiting the effected villages and interviewing families. The team visited

the neighboring Razeh district, and several small towns and villages in the immediate surrounding of Saada city where those people displaced from Marran area have found shelter. The team was able to move freely in all areas visited.

On the basis of this assessment, the YRCS and ICRC will decide which means of assistance will be appropriate to address the humanitarian needs of the population affected by the conflict.

For more information, please contact: Ronald Ofteringer- ICRC Yemen, Tel: 01-467873-4, Mobile 71944343, or Dr. Abdullah Hamoud Al- Khamissi, YRCS, Mobile 77961926.