Displaced Yemeni father who fled from Maqbnah district in Taiz to Al-Shaab district in Aden
Abdo described his life before as a peaceful life. He kept livestock and sheep and sold them in the local market in Maqbanah.
Three years ago, following an escalation of fighting and airstrikes near to his village, he left his home with his wife and eight children.
‘’I had to sell my livestock and borrow some money to be able to escape with my family…’’
Just before fleeing, the wave of a nearby explosion threw him far and he was badly injured, breaking his right leg. He needed an operation and soon after also developed diabetes. This injury made their journey to safety even more difficult.
Abdullah arrived at the IDP informal settlement in Al Shaab district in Aden with no money, no job, no support and a family to protect and provide for.
Abdullah quickly received UNHCR’s cash assistance; support that is given to thousands of the most vulnerable displaced families.
Thanks to generous Zakat funds raised in the first half of 2021, we raised $12 million, which provides a lifeline to 40,680 families, those just like Abdullah and his children.
Abdullah managed to save some of the first two instalments and succeeded in opening a small grocery store in the informal settlement. After opening the shop, Abdullah hopes to be able to repay his debts and make sure his children are able to go back to the school nearby. Brothers Handalah and Kara who have been helping him in the shop, expressed their wishes to be able to play like normal kids again, alongside their siblings and neighbours.
Every Second Count
In April UNHCR launched its third global Ramadan campaign ‘Every Second Counts’, raising funds to assist more than 58,000 refugees and internally displaced people in 13 countries with lifesaving support for an entire year. The campaign highlighted the impact that individuals can create within seconds in the lives of refugees and displaced families, who have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and was kicked off with the support of media partners, celebrities, and influencers who mobilized their audiences to take action and make every second count for refugees around the world.
The funds raised will be used to provide refugees and internally displaced people, including women, children, and the elderly across Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nigeria, part of the Sahel region, and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, with safe shelter, food, clean water, medicine, and other basic amenities.
UNHCR is committed to ending poverty as it is the primary focus of most of our activities globally. The communities most at risk for falling below the poverty line are refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers, returnees and stateless individuals.
UNHCR continually strives to provide support to these vulnerable communities to ensure that they can meet their basic needs.
UNHCR has dedicated Zakat funds to provide cash assistance to refugees, IDPs, and returnees in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Chad, and South Sudan. This cash assistance has been essential in ensuring that these vulnerable communities are not disproportionately exposed to the negative socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cash assistance provides refugees and IDPs equal access to essential services that they may not receive due to their legal status.
UNHCR has also implemented projects with a more long-term impact on vulnerable communities through livelihood programs for refugees and IDPs, which aim at giving these groups the skills, knowledge and resources to access sustainable income through employment and self-employment.
UNHCR has used Sadaqah donations to implement Livelihoods programs for refugees in Jordan, Bangladesh, and Morocco to prevent vulnerable groups from slipping into poverty. These livelihoods programs provide refugee men and women with key skills and resources required for becoming employed, including but not limited to workshops, vocational training, as well as financial and in-kind contributions to help refugees start small businesses.
The two programs together help provide immediate relief to those living in poverty while empowering them to sustain themselves in the long run.