Press Release 5/20/22: Yemen Famine Threat

Yemen is suffering from an extreme wheat shortage, putting millions at risk of a deadly famine.


Due to more than 7 years of war, political unrest, and a stagnant economy, Yemen is considered the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Of the 31.18 million people who live there, approximately 17.4 million of them are hungry. This does not even touch on those who are suffering from disease, malnutrition, and injuries from violence. The situation, it seems, is only getting worse.

When the war in Ukraine began in late February, Yemen lost a large portion – over 30%-  of its wheat imports from Ukraine and Russia. In a country where more than 80% of the population already suffers from hunger, this was a devastating loss.

However, earlier this week, things went from bad to worse when India – the world’s second largest producer of wheat – banned wheat exports entirely. The UN expressed strong concerns for countries like Yemen that were already experiencing widespread hunger.

“The US envoy said that Ukraine used to be a breadbasket for the developing world, but ever since Russia started blocking crucial ports and destroying civilian infrastructure and grain silos, hunger situations in Africa and the Middle East are getting even more dire.”

Prior to the wheat shortage, 16 million people in Yemen were already ‘marching towards starvation.’ Now even more will join them.

UMR’s Emergency Plan


UMR has a multi-step approach to bringing both immediate relief and creating long-term sustainable solutions to help the people in Yemen.

First and foremost, we plan to deliver emergency food aid to the most vulnerable communities throughout the country, with a focus on the elderly, mothers and children, and persons with disabilities.

On a longer-term scale, we plan to rehabilitate the local markets, construct and maintain water points for people and livestock, and support local farmers through home gardens, drip irrigation units, and other services. Our ultimate goal is to stimulate the economy as well as provide sustainable food sources.

Press Release 5/4/22: Palestine Relief Partnership


Partnership announcement between United Mission for Relief and Development (UMR) and MedGlobal.

Washington, May 2022: United Mission for Relief and Development (UMR) announced that we will be partnering with MedGlobal, a humanitarian organization whose mission is to serve vulnerable people across the world by providing free and sustainable healthcare to refugees, displaced persons, and other marginalized communities in crisis-affected areas. This partnership is focused on facility-based healthcare services to those most in need in the Gaza Strip, with a focus on the elderly. In coordination with the Ministry of Health, UMR and MedGlobal are deploying healthcare professionals to provide medical and surgical support, life-saving medical equipment, and capacity building for local healthcare providers. This partnership aligns with UMR’s mission to address the dire need for healthcare in Gaza. Approximately 1.5 million people in Gaza lack consistent access to healthcare, which leads to deteriorating health benchmarks at all levels. 80% of Gazzans are below the poverty line. Our objectives are to improve the health of the Palestinian people in Gaza and their quality of life. The nature of the assistance required in Gaza can be grouped into three categories:

1) lack of protection and displacement;
2) limited access to essential services; and
3) erosion of resilience and preparedness.

Based on an assessment completed by MedGlobal, the top needs of elderly individuals were medication and lab tests, awareness and education sessions, and home adaptation and assistive devices. As it stands, 55.7% of the elderly patients in Gaza are suffering from three or more diseases. Additionally, one third of older individuals do not have access to healthcare services. This partnership will allow UMR and MedGlobal to reach more individuals and provide them with the healthcare and medical services they need not just to survive, but flourish.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, UMR is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on providing disaster relief and recovery services both domestically in the U.S. and internationally across the globe. MedGlobal is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on providing life-saving care through deploying healthcare volunteers, supporting local partners and medical providers with training, and supplying hospitals and clinics with medical equipment, medications, and more.

Struggling to pay rent, Fatima endures the harsh winter in Jordan

Fatima came to Jordan from Homs, Syria with her 4 children and husband. Now she describes her new life as a refugee.

Life for Fatima and her family had become unbearable in war-torn Syria. After years of war and destruction, life as a refugee has brought them to Amman, Jordan, where she struggles to survive without a steady income.

Upon arrival in Amman, Fatima’s search to find a home for her family was difficult. Her husband’s unemployment coupled with the economic strains of being a refugee meant that they had to borrow money just to keep the electricity on and the water running. Without financial security, when Fatima’s children would take ill, they did not have the ability to see doctors for treatment or purchase needed medicine.

Even if I place 5 blankets on top of each other, my children will still not be warm because the blankets are so light.

Fatima was identified by UMR staff in Jordan as a potential beneficiary to receive support services based off of her vulnerability levels. She told UMR Jordan staff that her husband sometimes goes 3 months without a job opportunity, something commonly faced among displaced people.

There are nearly 25.9 million refugees in the world, over half of whom are under the age of 18. UMR works around the world to ensure that the most needy people are receiving essential daily basics to survive their difficult situations. Like Fatima and her husband, being a refugee family means that you cannot always ensure your next meal is provided, or that medical care is within reach when you need it the most.

For cases like Fatima, our UMR Jordan staff made sure they delivered a kerosene heater for her home, as well as warm blankets and jackets for her kids. Thank you to our generous donors who continue to allow us to bring smiles to children’s faces.

To learn more about our Winterization Campaign, click here.

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