Fear can make people accept to live in conditions they would not accept in their normal life. There were many houses in the town that were unoccupied as they did not have basic facilities.
Yet now all the houses in Khamer are occupied by Internally Displaced People (IDP). Many of these houses do not have electricity or sanitation systems or water.
And some families, who could not find a house, share a house with others. Some houses are shared by four or five IDP families as there is no more space, and the newly arrived people are staying at schools.
MSF in Al-Salam Hospital, Khamer, Yemen
MSF runs Al-Salam Hospital in the town of Khamer, in the Amran governorate of Yemen, north of the capital Sana’a. The facility is one of only two hospitals in the entire governorate, and normally receives patients from remote areas and valleys in the north of Amran.
However, with the current shortages of fuel people are less able to move, and many patients arrive at the hospital late, or do not come at all. The fuel shortage is also having an impact on the availability of clean drinking water.
Khamer has also recently seen an influx of IDPs, particularly those escaping the airstrikes in Sa’ada, with some houses hosting numerous IDP families, while other IDPs find refuge in schools. Over 1,000 IDP families have already arrived in Khamer.
MSF is extending its support in Khamer by providing mobile clinics for IDPs, as well as clean water and non-food items such as hygiene kits and cooking sets.