Yemen Children's Crisis

Time is running out for Nour and more than 12 million children caught in the world's largest humanitarian crisis.


About this appeal

Since the conflict escalated in March 2015, life has become unbearable for children in Yemen. Now, with COVID-19 spreading, the country is facing an emergency within an emergency.

We urgently need your help to save children’s lives, preserve their future and help them cope with the impact of this conflict.

Children are worst affected, with many not having access to clean water, food, medical and hygiene supplies. Figures from a joint report* show that acute malnutrition threatens 2.3 million children under five in Yemen - about half - in 2021.

They need our help now.

Their homes and schools have been destroyed. 20 million people need access to clean water. And the Yemen health system is on the brink of collapse.

Time isn't on their side, but you can be. Donate now.

UNICEF is on the ground in Yemen working around the clock to reach some of the most disadvantaged and isolated children every day. And it's only thanks to generous donations that we can provide clean drinking water, lifesaving vaccines, therapeutic food, medicines and more.

But children can't wait. They need food now, they need vaccines now, they need clean water now.

They need you now.

Please donate and help save lives in Yemen.

*Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Acute Malnutrition report (February 2021) - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners.

The alarm is ringing. The escalating emergency means time is running out for the children of Yemen.​ 

We must act now to protect children in Yemen. Just $44 could provide enough life-saving food for a child for 2 weeks.

UNICEF is doing everything we can to ensure the survival of Yemen's children, but we urgently need more help. Time is not on their side. But you can be.

Please donate now and help save Yemen's children.

Yemen Crisis snapshot
Yemen Crisis snapshot

SOURCE: https://www.unicef.org/emergencies/yemen-crisis

Appeal information updated 2nd June 2021.

Your life-saving monthly donations will support this appeal for 6 months. After that they will go into our Global Parent fund to save and protect children worldwide.


How will you help

Your support can be a lifesaver for Yemeni children.

Each donation received for our Yemen Emergency Appeal will provide the most essential items for the children most in need.

UNICEF is on the ground across Yemen, doing everything we can to save the lives of children and minimise the impact of the conflict, the humanitarian crisis and COVID-19.

While time isn't on their side, your support can come at just the right time for Yemeni children in 2021.

This is the sort of incredible impact you'll be having:

  • Screening and providing lifesaving treatment for malnourished children

  • Vaccinating children against deadly diseases such as polio and measles

  • Providing safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene

  • Fixing and reestablishing crumbling water and sanitation infrastructure

  • Repairing damaged schools and/or providing temporary classrooms and learning spaces

  • Supporting teachers who haven't received their government salaries since 2016

  • Helping distribute soap and other personal hygiene supplies to prevent the spread of COVID-19, cholera and other infectious diseases

  • Helping make sure children can receive essential primary healthcare

  • Providing learning materials and supporting formal and informal education

  • Providing psychosocial and mental health services to children exposed to violence and trauma

  • Continuing a successful cash transfer program that's already helped thousands of impoverished families

The need is great, but UNICEF will never give up on children. Please donate today to help save lives.

Update (3)

Appeal updates

Every young life saved means so much

Published on Tue Apr 06 2021

From day one, little Nour was in a battle for survival.

"When Nour was born, she was weak and wasted, and her health kept worsening from day to day." - Souad, Nour's mum

Born into poverty in one of the poorest parts of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a. She lives with her family in a one room home with no running water or electricity. And every day is a struggle for the family to get enough to eat.

"We rarely have three meals a day," says Souad, "I breastfeed my baby, but she is never satisfied as I don't have enough milk,"

Nour was not getting enough nourishment at home, and was getting sick and struggling to put on weight.

Nour's health was failing and the situation had become urgent.

But Souad didn’t know where to take her child for help. They couldn't afford healthcare and she didn't know how or where to get free treatment. Nour was very close to not receiving the help she needed to fight off malnutrition, which would have almost certainly had deadly consequences.

Thankfully UNICEF visited the family's home during a routine assessment and discovered that Nour was in urgent need of care.

“I visited the home of the baby girl, Nour," says UNICEF worker Ali Al-Raymi, who was the first to visit Nour’s family at home.

"Nour was weak and her body was wasted” she said.

Nour was 9-months old and weighed just five kilograms - the average weight of a baby aged two or three months. She needed immediate care, and was sent to the UNICEF-supported Maeen Medical Complex for urgent treatment.

Nour received lifesaving supplementary nutrition, treatment for coexisting infections and a thorough checkup.

After four months of treatment, Nour is gaining weight and has already put on well over 1Kg and has even taken her first steps. But most importantly, her doctors are confident that she is no longer at risk of literally starving to death.

Thanks to UNICEF and caring donors, we were able to catch Nour just in the nick of time.

But with the clock ticking for other malnourished children in Yemen, we need to act now. Time isn't on their side, but you can be.

UNICEF NZ's hearts go out to the whanau of 11 children killed in Yemen in the past three days.

Published on Tue Dec 01 2020

Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative to Yemen explains:

“11 children were reportedly killed in the past three days in Yemen in two separate attacks. Verification is still ongoing, and the actual number of casualties may be higher. The attacks took place in the village of Ad Durayhimi in Al Hudaydah governorate and in Tai’z in the south west, where there are active frontlines.

“According to reports, a one-month old baby was among those killed. Three other children have reportedly been injured.

“The killing of children is appalling. Children should be protected at all times. We call on all parties to the conflict to spare children and keep them out of harm’s way. Attacks on civilians including children and attacks on civilian populated areas violate international humanitarian law.”

UNICEF continues to be on the ground in Yemen, providing life-saving support to children and families in need. We will never give up on protecting children.

We call on all parties to end the conflict immediately and ensure all children are protected.

UNICEF airlifts urgently needed COVID-19 testing kits to Yemen, as new cases of infection continue to soar.

Published on Thu Jun 18 2020

10,000 COVID-19 testing kits arrived via a UNICEF-chartered plane in Sana’a, Yemen on 18th June 2020. These supplies are essential to strengthen Yemen’s COVID-19 response, amid soaring infections across the country. A further 8,000 COVID-19 tests are in UNICEF’s delivery pipeline and are expected to arrive in Aden within days.

“These test kits will allow wider testing for COVID-19 across the country and the timely management of confirmed cases to save lives,” said Sara Beysolow Nyanti, UNICEF Representative in Yemen. “UNICEF continues to bring critical supplies to Yemen to support the response efforts and protect children and their communities against the pandemic.”

Since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Yemen on 10th April 2020, donations from supporters have enabled UNICEF to provide over 33,000 N95 respirators, 33,000 face shields, and 18,000 gowns to the country. These vital supplies will protect 400 frontline Yemeni health workers for three months. Yet this only represents 5% of the COVID-19 supplies that UNICEF requires in Yemen.

COVID-19 has compounded the already deadly challenges children and families in Yemen already face. Children are at greater risk because of general low immunity, caused by huge levels of malnutrition, a lack of access to basic services such as immunisation and a healthcare system which is already on the verge of collapse.

As of today, UNICEF’s COVID-19 response in Yemen remains severely underfunded. UNICEF NZ is urgently appealing for donations to help protect children.

UNICEF’s immediate COVID-19 response goals in Yemen are to:
  • Provide PPE items, operations, and sensitization support to 30,000 frontline health workers.
  • Establish and conduct safe screening of patients for continuity of services in 4,000 health facilities.
  • Provide safe water and sanitation services for 900,000 people in isolation centres and quarantine facilities.
  • Improve capacity for oxygen therapy by procuring much-needed oxygen concentrators.
Please donate now to UNICEF NZ's Yemen appeal and help children survive.

Your support will give children

  • Life-saving medicines

  • Life-saving Immunisation

  • Clean water

  • Nutritious food

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  • Annual Tax Receipt

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