Among them, Ali Yahya Haiba, who had no choice but to flee again with his wife and seven children to the camp, to escape the escalation of fighting around the city of Marib, to share one tent with his family with dozens of people.
The 39-year-old’s family has only two blankets to protect themselves from the harsh desert cold at night.
The camp is located in the Al-Wadi district, east of the city of Ma’rib, and accommodated large numbers of displaced people, who fled from the districts located south of the city of Ma’rib, which is the center of the governorate of the same name.
Since last February, the Houthi rebels have been fiercely fighting pro-government forces to enter and control the city of Ma’rib. The battles take place north, west and south of the city.
Haiba told AFP how he was displaced in the middle of this month from Al-Rawda camp in an area south of Ma’rib, saying, “Look, it is part of the Empty Quarter desert. There are no humanitarian services in it. We do not have schools, hospitals, or any services.”
The Haiba family shares one tent and two thatched huts with six other families, and it is confirmed that there are at least 35 people in the tent.
In addition to overcrowding and a lack of privacy, the displaced complain of a lack of food, blankets and water, and even the lack of adequate health facilities, and the lack of any services in nearby areas.
“We suffer from many things,” Haiba said with a sigh, explaining, “We cannot set up a (separator) cover in the tents, and we do not have enough capacity even to set up a bathroom.” “Every three to four children use one blanket,” he said.
The cold will kill us.
The International Organization for Migration told AFP that about 1,200 Yemeni families had settled this month in Al-Samiya camp, fleeing the fighting, noting that it had recently started providing services there, “such as distributing emergency relief items, trucking water and building latrines and water tanks.”
According to the organization, “With the winter months approaching, we are concerned that many do not have the clothes, blankets and basic materials they need to stay safe and warm, especially those who live in temporary shelters that are not equipped to protect people from the elements.”
The city of Marib has long been considered a refuge for many displaced people who fled the battles or hoped for a new start in a city that has been stable for years, but are now in the crossfire as the fighting escalates to control it.
The government indicates that there are about 139 camps for the displaced in the city of Marib and the governorate, and it has received about 2.2 million displaced people since the beginning of the Yemeni conflict in 2014.
The International Organization for Migration indicated that more than 45,000 people were displaced from their homes about two months ago, due to the fierce fighting in Ma’rib Governorate.
The supervisor of Al-Samiya camp, Ali Al-Habbash, indicated that the camp received many families in recent weeks, explaining, “There was no shelter, so we hosted them in this camp with other families, and they crowded together. They did not have a shelter, a place to sleep, or blankets. They have no homes, they have nothing.”
Sadly, Ali Ahmed Abdullah describes the poor conditions in the camp, saying, “We were displaced two or three times. We did not receive any humanitarian aid. We did not receive any blankets or mattresses. The cold is about to kill us, and no one helps us but God.”
On Sunday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced the provision of 133,000 cubic meters of clean water on a daily basis, the distribution of 1,330 hygiene kits, the installation of 78 temporary latrines, 222 additional latrines, and the establishment of 13 water distribution points.