Humanitarianresponse Logo

Needs Assessment of IDPs in Amanat Al-Asimah, NFDHR - ZOA August 2015


Throughout the past four months, the Capital City of Sana'a, Amanat Al-Asimah, has become the endpoint for a flux of a displacement movement of people who fled war zones in Sa'ada, Hajja and Amran governorates due to the current conflict and the nonstop airstrikes on these areas. This puts a lot of pressure on Sana'a city and its outskirts. Meanwhile, little aid has been directed by local and international humanitarian organizations to help the displaced people or the host communities due to the ongoing military operations and the siege imposed by the coalition forces.


The assessment aimed at collecting data of the needs of the internally displaced people (IDPs) in the capital city. The original plan was to conduct the assessment during Ramadan, which underwent an intense period of heavy airstrikes on the capital city and other governorates too. The field team took the opportunity of a short humanitarian pause after Ramadan. The assessment took place between July 28-August 2. Some staff from the Executive Unit and the Ministry of Planning- Sana'a Office participated in some of the field visits.

Key findings: 

On May 7, the coalition leadership warned that Sa'ada is all-inclusive target for its military operations asking residents to leave Sa'ada city in less than a day. Families from different districts in Sa'ada Governorate fled to Amran and Sana'a governorates. The journey to Sana's was not an easy one and many IDPs interviewed bitterly remembered their escape

Some IDPs managed to leave in buses made available by the Governor od Sa'ada as told by the interviewed IDPs in Asaad Al-Kamel School. But many had to pay a considerable amount of money, "I paid 60,000 Yemeni Rials for a private car as there was no fuel in the whole city. Many people who had no money just walked by foot to the nearest village or town in Amran Governorate.", Saleh from Sa'ada City.

Assessment Report: 
Assessment Questionnaire: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Date(s): 
31 Aug 2015
Report completed
Unit(s) of Measurement: 
Collection Method(s): 
Key Informant Interview
Population Type(s): 
Displaced population
All affected population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
ZOA International
Amanat Al Asimah