Yemen

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#8
2

Communities at risk

Zaydi Shi'a, 'Akhdam', Southerners

Summary

The list of those countries which rose most significantly in the index in 2017 is headed by Yemen. The war between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis and allied forces continues to tear the country apart. International intervention by Saudi Arabia, Iran and other countries has helped turn what started as a local insurgency in Yemen’s north-west into the focus for a regional… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2017 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflicts5
Major armed conflict2
Prior genocide / politicideNo data
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.1163
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance9.5
Rise of factionalized elites9.5
Voice and Accountability-1.494
Political Stability-2.632
Rule of Law-1.238
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL19.069

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

The list of those countries which rose most significantly in the index in 2017 is headed by Yemen. The war between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis and allied forces continues to tear the country apart. International intervention by Saudi Arabia, Iran and other countries has helped turn what started as a local insurgency in Yemen’s north-west into the focus for a regional sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shi’a. Parties on both sides of the conflict have violated international humanitarian law with impunity. Thousands of civilians have been killed, the majority in the course of coalition airstrikes that are supported and armed by the US and the UK. With over 3 million internally displaced and 6.8 million ‘on the brink of starvation’, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the country faces total collapse.