Yemen, in the Middle East, is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Today, over 24.3 million people, including more than 12.2 million children - nearly half the entire population of Australia - are in need of food, medical treatment, education, water and sanitation.


Children in Yemen face incredible threats to their survival. Food and clean water are key to keeping them safe. But with coronavirus quickly spreading through an already resource-scarce country, vital food, water and sanitation supplies are being stretched very thin.

Right now, UNICEF only has a small fraction of the funding needed to keep bringing food and clean water to children in Yemen.

Every child has the right to food and clean, safe water. Yet thousands of Yemeni children lose their lives every year due to malnutrition and preventable diseases caused by unsafe water. Many more children will be at risk from deadly diseases like cholera and diarrhoea if we don't receive critical WASH funding now.

Please donate today to save lives fast. Your generous gift will go directly to Yemeni children in need.
“This war on Yemen is sadly, a war on children. ”
Since 2015, more than 20,000 civilians have been killed or injured.

Thousands more people have died from illness and malnutrition as a result of constraights to humanitarian aid, as well as the collapse of the economy and key institutions and services. As coronavirus cases surge, an estimated 12.2 million children - and 24.3 million in total across the country - are in need of humanitarian assistance. 

We are doing what we can to provide humanitarian aid to these children and their families, but UNICEF's funding gap is huge and we need your support.
“Today it is fair to say
that Yemen is one of
the worst places on
earth to be a child.”
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What you need to know:

What is UNICEF doing?

UNICEF is racing to help as many children as we can, as quickly as possible. We are providing children caught in Yemen’s violent conflict with emergency food, clean water, sanitation facilities, vaccines, medicine and much needed medical kits. We’re also working hard to keep children in school by giving incentives to more than 117,000 teachers.

What is the impact of COVID-19?

With COVID-19 now spreading across the country, Yemen is facing an emergency within an emergency. Food, sanitation and clean water are in short supply. Only half of health facilities are functioning, and many that remain operational lack basic equipment like masks and gloves, let alone oxygen and other essential supplies to treat the coronavirus and existing outbreaks of cholera and diarrhoea.

How bad is it?

  • More than 12.2 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance. 
  • Over 2 million children are malnourished
  • 2 million children are out of school
Children sit in front of a house damaged by an air strike, inside the old city of Sana'a, Yemen, on 20 July 2019. © UNICEF/UNI220712/Romenzi

UNICEF is one of the only international agencies on the ground in Yemen and our teams are working hard to save the lives of children. But we urgently need your help.

Your donation to our Yemen crisis appeal will help us:

  • Provide emergency food and medical treatment to children and families in conflict zones.
  • Scale up our water, hygiene and sanitation response to reach more children with vital clean and safe water;
  • Deliver urgently needed vaccines, hygiene kits and communal water tanks to internally displaced communities.
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This is how we use your donation

90 cents of every dollar donated to this emergency went directly to our emergency response work in the field.

10 cents per dollar from funds raised by the public went to investing in further growing fundraising in Australia.

The value of non-monetary donations and gifts as well as fundraising costs that are funded by UNICEF Geneva and not the public are excluded from this bar chart. The values above are from UNICEF’s 2019 Annual Report.