New York – After six years of conflict in Yemen, over 20 million people are now in need of humanitarian
assistance. The result of this continuous civil war has been detrimental to the people of Yemen – The
severely underdeveloped health sector is collapsing and the economy continues to spiral downward.
Yemen Aid is neutral and non-political. We strongly encourage all parties to the Yemeni conflict to start
talking to each other about a long-term agreement that will bring stability back to Yemen and end human
suffering. This will require a lot more compassion, political will, and investment by Yemenis, their
neighbors, and the international community.
Yemen Aid recently learned of a decision announced by U.S. Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, to
designate Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (“FTO”) under section 219 of the Immigration and
Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (“SDGT”) entity pursuant to Executive Order 13224. U.S. Congress will have seven days to review the designation to further approve or overturn the
decision starting from the day that Secretary Pompeo notifies them about the FTO designation.
As a nonprofit organization incorporated in the U.S., we closely follow the political situation in Yemen
and how it may impact our charitable work on the ground, including the safety of our employees and
volunteers. Last month, Yemen Aid was aware of this possible designation and planned accordingly to
avoid any issues. Due to the uncertainties of the FTO designation, Yemen Aid completed all projects in
northern and western Yemen. Additionally, Yemen Aid temporary halted all future projects in areas under
Houthi control until further notice. We continue to work on our charitable projects in all sectors within
provinces under the internationally-recognized government’s control, in which approximately 10 million
At Yemen Aid, we believe that humanitarian organizations should be given complete and untampered
access on the ground to support the most vulnerable segments of the population without domestic and
international interference. Nevertheless, we continue to look forward to serving millions of Yemenis in
need with sustainable projects that empower communities to be self-sufficient and resilient.