Thousands of Uprooted Yemenis Living in Deplorable Conditions

Ongoing fighting between Houthi rebels and Yemen government forces for control of the city of Marib is taking an enormous toll on the civilian population.

A recent assessment by the U.N. refugee agency finds settlements hosting nearly 190,000 displaced people are overcrowded and lacking basic necessities. UNHCR spokeswoman Aikaterini Kitidi says clean water, latrines, electricity, and health facilities are in short supply.

More than six years of civil conflict has uprooted about four million people from their homes. Marib governorate hosts around a quarter of this displaced population.

The United Nations calls Yemen, where some five million people are on the verge of famine, the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.