Facing violence, starvation and disease, children's lives are hanging in the balance. 

Right now, children in Yemen are facing one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. Conflict and unrest has plagued Yemen for four years and has left millions of families in desperate need of protection, food, clean water and medical supplies.

Around 17 million people do not have enough food to eat, and in a country on the verge of a serious famine, children are the most at risk. 

A staggering 400,000 children are urgently in need of life-saving food.

There is no end in sight to the conflict that has taken a devastating toll on the most vulnerable members of society, and with political negotiations at a standstill, violence continues to claim innocent young lives. 

So far, 1,676 children have been killed and 2,760 have been injured. Another 1,800 children have been recruited into the conflict as child soldiers.

Since the conflict began, an average of six children have been killed or maimed every single day.

On top of this horrific violence, Yemen is facing a cholera outbreak of unprecedented scale. Usually caused by poor sanitation or drinking contaminated water, cholera is a severe diarrhoeal disease that can kill an adult within hours if left untreated. Simple oral rehydration solutions can effectively treat this disease, but UNICEF needs help to provide doctors in Yemen with more cholera treatment kits, diarrhoea treatment centres, and life-saving antibiotics.

14.1 million people are in desperate need of basic health care and the health system is near collapse. At least one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen from preventable diseases.

We must act now to protect millions of children in Yemen from the dangers of war, disease and hunger.

Quote from head of UNICEF Yemen

UNICEF is on the ground in Yemen, working around the clock to protect children.

UNICEF is responding by urgently bringing in medicines and other supplies by air and sea, and distributing them across medical facilities in the country. Earlier this year, three UNICEF charter planes delivered 36 tons of lifesaving medical and water purification supplies to Yemen, and enough sachets of Oral Rehydration Salts to treat 10,000 people suffering from cholera.  

We are also working with WHO to support 626 diarrhoea treatment and oral rehydration centres across the country. 

Join us in this life-saving work, and help us protect the children of Yemen.

Page last updated: 17 Aug 2017 10:36am
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