Fishing for Survival

Fish used to be Yemen’s second biggest export, behind oil. But since 2015, ongoing conflict has crushed the industry with a $6.9 billion loss.
 
Violence spills into coastal areas and airstrikes hit boats and markets; mines were set in the sea. Fishing tools and fuel are now prohibitively expensive. Fishing families fleeing ports for safety have no other income streams, exacerbating poverty. 
 
While the conflict rages, the Norwegian Refugee Council has stepped in to provide gear and safety training to fishermen. But until there’s peace, Yemeni’s fish industry—and the families it supports—will struggle.
 
Norwegian Refugee Council

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