Handicap International operated in Yemen from the early 2000s up to 2012, focusing on physical rehabilitation. Since returning in 2014, we now support individuals affected by the ongoing conflict, particularly people with disabilities. We also assess the impact of the explosive remnants of war left by the current bombings. Handicap International employs 41 national staff in Yemen.
After decades of instability and unrest, Yemen’s situation has further worsened in the recent years due to the decaying economy, and the lack of political stability. In 2011, in the wake of the Arab Spring, long-time president Ali Abdullah Saleh had to step down after massive demonstrations, and was replaced by Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. President Hadi was forced out of power after the uprising of Houthi militias, which took Sana’a from government forces in December 2014. Since then, the country has been facing a cycle of violence which culminated in March 2015, with the military intervention of an Arab-countries coalition aimed at reinstating president Hadi.
Fixed and mobile disability teams provide rehabilitation to people with disabilities and those injured in conflict, as well as mobility devices, orthoses and prostheses, and psychosocial support. Staff provide physical therapy to people who have had limbs amputated and need to learn to use artificial limbs, as well as people with injuries such as complex fractures that could result in a permanent disability due to prolonged periods of inactivity.
Handicap International is providing help to survivors of landmines and explosive remnants of war, people with disabilities, including refugees, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable groups.
Weapons Risk Reduction
Weapons in the hands of civilians who do not know how to handle them is a risk. This was identified after conducting a rapid contamination assessment and studying how the population acted around weapons, as well as their knowledge about the risks the weapons pose. With the support of local partners, the organization is teaching people how to spot, avoid and report the weapons they find, in order to prevent injuries and deaths.