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Conflict in Yemen: a living hell for children.

Yemen is one of the worst places in the world to be a child. UNICEF supporters are helping children survive.

Yemen is one of the worst places in the world to be a child.

Relentless conflict has desolated the country, leaving 11 million children (80% of all kids in Yemen) in need of humanitarian aid. 

The suffering is unimaginable. Children face violence, hunger, displacement and disease. And every one of these challenges gets worse with each day the war continues.

UNICEF are especially concerned about the port city of Hudaydah.

Hudaydah Port is a critical entry point for aid, fuel and commercial goods into Yemen and intensifying conflict is putting this vital lifeline for children in danger. The toll in lives could be catastrophic if the port is damaged, destroyed or blocked.

On 30th June 2018 in Yemen, a ship berths in the Hudaydah port with emergency humanitarian supplies sent by UNICEF.
UNICEF is working around the clock to address the needs of children and families in Yemen, but the scale of the situation is enormous.

It’s estimated that 16 million people in Yemen no longer have access to safe water, sanitation or hygiene services. This presents a major risk for epidemics of cholera and other waterborne diseases.

Nearly 400,000 children are severely acutely malnourished and at extreme risk of losing their lives.  And more than half of all health facilities in Yemen are no longer functioning.

Hospitals and health centres have either been destroyed, lost staff or have no budget. While most health workers at remaining centres have not been paid for over 2 years.

UNICEF will not give up on vulnerable children. We will remain on the ground in Yemen, protecting and saving children for as long as it takes.

Yahya Hamoud Ali Al Huzef, (9 months) is suffering from malnutrition in the outskirts of the capital Sanaa on 30th October, 2018.

Here’s how UNICEF helped Yemen’s children in 2018:
Over 42,000 children were provided with basic learning supplies and an estimated 164,000 children accessed education with UNICEF support. We’re also helping retain teachers who’ve not received any salary in months, by paying them incentives to ensure children can continue their already disrupted education.
More than 997,000 children under the age of 5received primary healthcare, and nearly 4.2 million were vaccinated against the deadly effects of polio. Also, a six-day cholera vaccination campaign was carried out during so called ‘Days of Tranquility’, a cease-fire period negotiated by UNICEF with warring parties –more than 306,000 people were reached during this pause in fighting.
Over 170,000 children with severe acute malnutrition were treated. We’ve also been able to stabilise levels of acute malnutrition across the country, which considering the scale of the crisis is a huge achievement. This shows how with time and the right investment, we can change the situation for children in Yemen.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene:
Nearly 5 million people received access to safe drinking water. Additionally, over 5.5 million people living in high-risk cholera areas had access to household level water treatment and disinfection.
Child Protection:
More than 565,000 children and caregivers in conflict-affected areas received emotional and psychological support to help them overcome the trauma of war, while almost 1.2 million children and community members were reached with life-saving mine risk education.


We can change the situation for children in Yemen. But to do that, we need your support.

Please stand with us and help Yemen’s children survive. Donate now.