Trees in a dry land
Yemen still has 350,000 dipslaced persons, although verifying this number is difficult. Most of these are from Sa’da and many of these are in Harad district on the border with Saudi Arabia.
Conditions in Harad are not easy, hot and dusty and prone to flash flooding. Even before the arrival of the displaced it was an area of high malnutrition, diarrhea and malaria.
UNICEF has, with the government and NGO partners worked to provide education, clean water and nutrition services.
On this mission I accompanied the WFP representative and visited food distributions.
After five years of displacement we need to look for longer term and sustainable solutions.
One of the many beautiful features in this part of Yemen is how flowers are woven into everyday, flowers for sale at traffic lights, boys wearing them in the hair, given as gifts.