2018 To Walk the Earth in Safety: Yemen

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

DOS NADR - CWD 2,000 3,500 5,000 29,555
DoD 0 0 0 4,846
COUNTRY TOTAL 2,000 3,500 5,000 34,401

Dollars in thousands


Date: 2018 Description: A Yemeni boy receives a new prosthetic through MLI's Children Against Mines program. © Photo courtesy of MLIExtensive ground combat, use of landmines, and bombing has resulted in heavy ERW contamination across much of Yemen. U.S. assistance seeks to reduce the negative impact of ERW contamination on human security and access to essential social services. While U.S. support has historically focused on addressing ERW contamination from various conflicts between the 1960s and 1990s, current assistance has shifted to addressing recent contamination associated with ongoing fighting between Iran-backed Houthi elements and the Saudi-led coalition backing the Yemeni government, which started in 2014. Extensive ground combat, use of landmines, and bombing has resulted in heavy UXO contamination across much of Yemen.

From 1997 to 2017, the United States invested more than $34.4 million in CWD programs in Yemen.

In 2017, the Department of State supported the following implementing partners:

  • UNDP is building Yemen Executive Mine Action Center (YEMAC) capacity through technical advisors and information management support while also providing operational support for YEMAC survey, mapping, and clearance operations. In 2017, UNDP’s engagement with the YEMAC enabled the clearance of over eight million square meters (over 1,977 acres) of contaminated land and the removal of approximately 350,000 explosive hazards across 55 of Yemen’s most highly impacted districts. More than 223,000 Yemenis benefited from UNDP’s ERW risk education efforts.
  • MLI continued to conduct the CHAMPS and Survivor’s Assistance programs in partnership with the Yemeni Association of Landmine Survivors and YEMAC to provide mine risk education, medical assistance, and rehabilitative care to more than 100 mine survivors.