Update of UNHCR’s Activities in Sa’ada and Sana’a Governorates, Yemen
FEBRUARY 2009 – MARCH 2009
government agencies, local NGOs and UNHCR implementing partners. The
Workshop highlighted the need to involve all groups in relation to age,
diversity and gender within the IDPs and returnees communities in decision-
making. The training would enable the MFT to use the AGDM participatory
assessment tool to understand and discuss with persons of concern
regarding issues that affect them.
• The Information and Counseling Center received 381 IDPs of whom 31
received psychological assistance, 6 received legal counseling, 7
medical referred to the Republic and Al Talh Hospitals, 299 were seeking
food assistance and 18 NFIs assistance while 24 were inquiring about
ICC services. In addition, 30% of ICC visitors were counseled against
SGBV and 80% about sending their children to school.
• UNHCR handed over 10 tents to the Education office in Sa’ada to be
used as additional classrooms to accommodate 146 IDP children in
Anand Camp and a school near Sam Camp.
• Non-food Items (NFIs) distributed: 21 blankets, 3 packages of sanitary
napkins, 96 soap bars, 8kg of powder soap, 7 kitchen sets and 16 tents
were distributed through Al Amel to 7 IDP and returnee families of 55
individuals from Sa’ada City and Madah area. Distribution of non-food
items to IDPs and returnees in Bani Hushaish is still pending as three
attempts made for access were denied by the government.
General Situation: • Planned distribution: Assorted non-food items containing 1,165
mattresses, 1,750 blankets, 500 kitchen sets, and 875kg of powder soap,
• The City of Saada is calm but tensions between Al Houthis followers and 3,500 soap bars, 1,050 packages of sanitary napkins and 2,000 plastic
the government in Marran, Saquean and Maiz Districts were reported. sheets are expected to be distributed to 500 families consisting of IDPs
• Tribal checkpoints on the main Sanaa-Sa’ada road have decreased with and returnees in Sa’ada Governorate including new arrivals in Al Dhaher
occasional roadblocks. However, for the four missions to Sa’ada, the District within the coming weeks.
government advised UN agencies to use the secondary road through
Malaheet. Target for 2009:
• New displacements of 15 families due to tension in Ghamer District were
reported during the period. Six families were received in Sam Camp and • UNHCR target for 2009 is US$ 3,000,000. The remaining amount of 2.5
nine in Talh Camp that are managed by YRC. million is needed to increase protection and assistance to IDPs,
• Since the beginning of 2009, UNHCR have only received one contribution returnees and war-affected persons located in Saada, Amran and Sana’a
of $500,000 from the donor to support IDPs Operation in Sa’ada. The Governorates.
fund represents 20% of UNHCR’s target for 2009 and was used to provide
Protection and assistance to IDPs and returnees in Sa’ada. Meanwhile, Coordination:
UNHCR made a submission of one million to the Central Emergency
Funds (CERF) to continue the provision of Protection, emergency shelter Protection Working Group:
and non-food items for IDPs and returnees in Sa’ada and other • Two Protection Working Group meetings were held in Sanaa with the
governorates. participation of UNHCR, UNICEF, UNFPA, Save the Children, UNDP
• GTZ handed over 70 water filters to UNHCR for distribution in Bani Gender Office and Al Saleh Foundation. Issues concerning the unsafe
Hushaish as part of a measure to address the unsafe water problem in water and NFIs distribution in Bani Hushaish, additional support to the
Bait AL-Quhum village. Education Office in Sa’ada to enroll IDP students and capacity building
for emergency preparedness were highlighted during the meetings.
Achievements for February - March 2009: Actions taken so far to address the issues following the meetings include
the availability of water filters for Bani Hushaish, school-in-box kits from
With the contribution received, UNHCR extended its partnership with the UNICEF and 10 tents from UNHCR that provided to the Education office
already two local NGOs to provide protection and assistance to IDPs and in Sa’ada.
returnees in Sa’ada. • UNICEF is planning to assess the water facility in Bani Hushaish while
(1) The Al–Amel Charitable Community for Social Welfare manages the UNFPA is expected to conduct training on emergency preparedness and
handling, storage and distribution of non-food including survey to identify gender, which will include participation of local NGOs in Sa’ada.
families with special need as well as area monitoring regarding availability
of basic services in displaced and return areas. Missions:
• UNHCR, WFP and SCF met with Governor of Sa’ada and two local
(2) The Saada Charitable Women’s Association (SCWA) runs the councils in Bani Muath separately to inform them of the planned
Information and Counseling Center in Sa’ada to assist IDPs in accessing UN/INGO in-depth assessment expected to take in all 15 districts of
important information and advice on issues ranging from legal advice, Sa’ada. The Governor and local councils assured the agencies to
material assistance and psychosocial counseling. facilitate the assessment with the hope that the findings will encourage
additional humanitarian support. Additionally, three missions were
Protection: conducted jointly with WFP to Sa’ada as a follow-up to ongoing activities
• In order to understand the current living conditions in IDP locations and by each agency. All missions to Sa'ada were coordinated and facilitated
potential return areas, UNHCR in collaboration with Al-Amel conducted area by the local authorities while missions to Bani Hushaish have been
monitoring of basic services, including security, food, water, land, shelter, planned in consultation with the governor of Sanaa as well as the Local
health, education, income generation, and other issues in six locations of Al Council.
Dhaher District (Al Hassamah, Al Janayz, Al Mashaf, Al Mashabeeh, Al-
Menzalah, and Al Malaheet). The analysis of the monitoring report showed Constraints:
that there are 1,675 IDPs in the locations including new arrivals from Bani
Dhehl village due to ongoing tension in that area. With the exception of new Inaccessibility to IDP and returnee locations, especially in areas outside
arrivals, about 80% reported having received food and non-food items Sa’ada City and Bani Hushaish continues to remain an issue. The issue of
assistance from WFP, UNHCR and other agencies. access is not only a concern by UNHCR but also a general concern to UN and
• UNHCR conducted a three days Age Gender Diversity Mainstreaming humanitarian agencies working in Sa’ada. Despite UNHCR and WFP meetings
(AGDM) Participatory Assessment Workshop in Sa’ada City. The Workshop with the Governor of Sanaa regarding access to Bani Hushaish, missions to
brought together a Multi-Functional Team (MFT) of 33 participants from UN, the area continue to be denied by the government.
This document is a highlight of UNHCR’s activities regarding IDP operation in Sa’ada and other governorates as a result of the conflict.
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