One of the oldest cities in Yemen, Sa’dah City was founded before the fourth century B.C. and thrived as a cultural and religious center. More recently, it gained popularity for being the cradle of the Houthi movement. Between 2004 and 2010, six separate rounds of conflict took place in the city, together these events devastated Sadah’s infrastructure and exacerbated the heavy toll on civilians.
This city profile describes and examines living conditions and needs in the city of Sa’dah across a variety of sectors. It addresses key thematic findings made prominent by the impact of the ongoing conflict, its toll on the city’s population, and the ability of institutions to provide basic services. Each individual section paints a picture of the prevailing situation and the needs of the city’s residents through triangulation of different data types, including secondary data analysis which draws on available publications and media reports; and remote sensing. The aim of this profile is to provide partners with the widest possible canvas, assisting them in their operational programming and strategic policy development.