Yemen, in the Middle East, is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Today, over 24.3 million people, including more than 12.4 million children - nearly half the entire population of Australia - are in need of food, medical treatment, education, water and sanitation.


After six brutal years, this situation is only getting worse. Children in Yemen face incredible threats to their survival. Nearly every child in the country now requires humanitarian assistance.

With COVID-19 spreading, Yemenis are facing an emergency within an emergency. Sanitation and clean water are in short supply. Only half of health facilities are functioning, and children are missing out on life-saving vaccinations.  

Nearly 2.3 million children under the age of five in Yemen are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition in 2021. 

Right now, UNICEF only has a small fraction of the funding needed to keep bringing food, clean water and health supplies to children in Yemen. 
Every child has the right to food, vaccinations, and clean, safe water. Yet thousands of Yemeni children lose their lives every year due to malnutrition and preventable diseases caused by unsafe water and low vaccination rates. Many more children will be at risk from deadly diseases like cholera and diarrhea if we don't receive critical funding to deliver life-saving support.

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. ”
In Yemen, more than 2 million children are malnourished and in urgent need of life-saving treatment. © UNICEF/UNI341612
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“Nearly every child in Yemen now
requires humanitarian assistance.”
12-year-old Ahmed sits on the rubble of his school, where he sought shelter when his family had to flee their district. The second floor had been distroyed by missles, leaving ruins perching above the first floor. The school has kept operating, but students are anxious the ceiling might fall on them. © UNICEF/UN0459558/Marish


COVID-19 school closures have disrupted education 

More than 2.2 million children in Yemen were out of school before the pandemic.

COVID-19 school closures have disrupted education for an additional 5.8 million children. These closures, and the worsening economic situation due to COVID-19 restrictions, are forcing children into situations that no child should have to face. Without education, children are vulnerable to child labor and early marriage.  

We are doing what we can to provide humanitarian aid to children and their families, but UNICEF's funding gap is huge and we need your support. 

12-year-old Anas cuts iron in a workshop. He's the only breadwinner in the family and has been working 11-hour shifts after the death of his father. © UNICEF/UN0455060/Al-Quliah

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 distributing school supplies and rehabilitating schools. 

What is the impact of COVID-19?

With COVID-19 now spreading through an already resource-scarce country, 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 diarrhea.

What are the facts? 

  • More than 12.4 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance. 
  • Nearly 2.3 million children under five years of age are at risk of acute malnutrition this year
  • More than 1.7 million children have been internally displaced 
  • 1.1 million pregnant or lactating women are anemic
  • 2 million children are out of school

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.