Yemen

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#8
0

Communities at risk

Zaydi Shi'a, 'Akhdam', Southerners

Summary

With no end in sight, and against the backdrop of the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, the war in Yemen has entered its fifth year. Fierce fighting has resumed several months after a fragile UN-backed ceasefire deal in December between Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government of Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Civilians have suffered airstrikes and… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2019 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflicts5
Major armed conflict2
Prior genocide / politicideNo data
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.1
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance9.5
Rise of factionalized elites10.0
Voice and Accountability-1.692
Political Stability-2.961
Rule of Law-1.753
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL19.80

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

With no end in sight, and against the backdrop of the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, the war in Yemen has entered its fifth year. Fierce fighting has resumed several months after a fragile UN-backed ceasefire deal in December between Houthi rebels and the internationally recognized government of Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Civilians have suffered airstrikes and shelling from all sides of the conflict, but the Saudi-led coalition – supporting Hadi and itself backed by the US, UK, and France – has been responsible for a disproportionate number of civilian deaths. Around 70,000 people – five times more than commonly reported – may have been killed in Yemen since January 2016, according to new statistics. Pro-Houthi and pro-Saudi social media narratives have each sought to discredit the other in a process of vigorous contestation. There has also been an escalation of clashes between southern secessionist fighters and Hadi-aligned forces, as well as unprecedented violence between ISIS and al-Qaeda factions in Bayda province.