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Yemen: Water, fuel and food shortages

Khamer does not have a large supply of clean water. There are only two wells and the water of those two wells is not for drinking. So people have to buy water from trucks which bring clean water to Khamer.

Khamer does not have a large supply of clean water. There are only two wells and the water of those two wells is not for drinking. So people have to buy water from trucks which bring clean water to Khamer.

Now with the fuel shortage, the water trucks can only provide the town with water for very expensive prices. The price for a water truck used to be 4,000 YR (22$), and now it’s double that and sometimes triple.

Due to the fuel shortage, the prices of food have increased as well. We are living through a crisis and we do not know when it will end. 

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.