Yemen, in the Middle East, is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

Eight years into the conflict in Yemen, the situation is only getting worse. Children in Yemen face incredible threats to their survival. Four out of five children across the country are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Fuel shortages are driving up the prices of food and other necessities. Families are struggling to make ends meet with more than half of the population living in poverty.

Today, 20.7 million people – more than half the entire population of Australia – are in need of food, medical treatment, education, water and sanitation.

More than 10,200 children have been killed or injured since the beginning of the conflict. The actual number is likely much higher.

An estimated 2 million children are internally displaced, and more than 2 million children are out of school.

Yemen’s hunger crisis is verging on catastrophe. Today, 2.2 million children under five years old suffer from malnutrition, and half a million of them suffer from severe acute malnutrition.

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

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Children in Yemen are suffering from malnutrition

Enshrah is mother to seven-month-old Rajwa, who suffers from multiple health issues, including malnutrition. © UNICEF/UN0614764/Al-Haj


Children in Yemen are suffering from malnutrition

Seven-month-old Rajwa was born with lung problems. When her mother Enshrah noticed her daughter was losing weight, she went from one health facility to another, hoping for her to be diagnosed and treated.

Then she learnt Rajwa suffers from malnutrition.

“The doctor told me to feed her every two hours and to follow his instructions," says Enshrah.

“She’s gained 2kgs now. I see a huge difference in her. Now, she’s getting much better and a glow is showing on her face.”

UNICEF supports 34 therapeutic feeding centres across the country, like this one where Rajwa is being cared for. Dedicated medical staff provide children with the treatment and medication they need to recover.

In 2021, our teams reached more than 415,000 children like Rajwa under five with nutrition support.

UNICEF is working across Yemen every day to reach children and their families. You can help by making a life-saving donation today.

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Rayan, two-and-a-half years old celebrates the water arrival to his area. © UNICEF/UN0610693/Al-Basha


What you need to know about what's happening to children in Yemen


What is UNICEF doing for children in Yemen?

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 nutrition, clean water, sanitation facilities, vaccines, medicine and much needed medical kits. We’re also working hard to keep children in school by distributing school supplies and rehabilitating schools.

What is the impact of COVID-19 in Yemen?
The COVID-19 pandemic has put further strain on an already fragile health care system, with more than half of health facilities not functioning. Many that remain operational lack basic equipment such as masks and gloves, let alone oxygen and essential supplies to treat coronavirus and other disease. In response, UNICEF has delivered tens of thousands of COVID-19 doses and installed new fridges to safely store vaccines in 37 health facilities.

What are the facts about children in Yemen?


  • More than 11.3 million children need humanitarian assistance.
  • Some 2.2 million children under five are acutely malnourished.
  • Nearly 8.5 million children do not have access to safe water, sanitation, or hygiene.
  • More than 2 million children have been internally displaced and 2 million children are out of school.

UNICEF is one of the few 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 nutrition and medical treatment to children and families in conflict zones.
  • Scale up our water, hygiene and sanitation response to reach more children with clean and safe water.
  • Deliver urgently needed vaccines, hygiene kits and communal water tanks to internally displaced communities.
  • Reach children with education and early learning.