IDPs from Sa'ada in settlement outside Houth, April 2017
Modrek (7, with the brown jacket) and Obaid (9) live in a settlement in Houth in Yemen, one hour away from their hometown Sa'ada. Sa'ada has been under heavy attack since March 2015, the boys fled with their families two years ago to escape the violence. Now they don't go to school, but rather spend their time collecting empty plastic bottles.
"If we collect one full, large bag, we get 150 Yemeni Reals," says Obeid. That is around half a dollar.
The economic situation in war-ridden Yemen is getting worse every month. A blockade, as well as poor management of the fiscal economy, has left millions without jobs, struggling for survival. The impact is felt by all civilians in the country, worst hitting those who were already poor.
460 families who fled war in Sa'ada more than two years ago, have sought shelter in an informal settlement in Houth. NRC provided NFI kits (basic food, buckets, blankets and hygiene items) upon their arrival.
Photo: NRC/Alvhild Stromme
Yemen IDP Houth Saada