Reports & News

Tue - 11 Jun 2019 - 05:59 PM ،،،

NRC


 Violence in Yemen continued unabated in the six months following the landmark Stockholm Agreement, with tens of thousands of people newly displaced, more children losing their lives to mines, and key supply routes shut down.

“The Stockholm Agreement remains nothing but ink on paper if warring parties and their backers do not act now,” warned Mohamed Abdi, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Yemen Country Director. “Yemen’s best chance of stopping hunger and ending the 4-year conflict risks fizzling into another failed peace attempt, despite the recent troop withdrawals from Hodeidah ports.”

The Stockholm Agreement was signed on 13 December 2018, and offered the brightest glimmer of hope for millions of Yemenis on the verge of starvation. But its implementation has fallen woefully short of expectations.

Displacement continued unabated over the past five months, with over 255,000 people forced to flee their homes, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

Hodeidah – home to the battleground port at the centre of the deal – witnessed the largest number of people displaced in the past four years. Over 26,000 people were made homeless since the signing of the agreement.

In the first five months since the deal was signed the average daily civilian casualty toll increased by a third across the country.Over 1,750 civilian casualties were reported across Yemen, including over 500 fatalities*. In Hodeidah, despite civilian casualties dropping overall, the area continued to see the highest rate in the country, making up a quarter of nationwide civilian casualties.

More than three times the number of civilians were killed or injured by small arms fire in the five months after the ceasefire than the same period preceding it. Civilians are twice as likely to be hurt or killed by landmines now than they were before the deal - particularly children. Thirty-four children were wounded or killed by landmines in the five months before the agreement; that number has more than doubled to 80 in the same period after.