Yemen, in the Middle East, is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Today, over 24 million people, including more than 11 million children - nearly half the entire population of Australia - are in dire need of food, medical treatment, education, water and sanitation. UNICEF is one of the few international aid agencies working in Yemen to get these millions of children and their families the humanitarian aid they so urgently need. Every day our teams on the ground are delivering the essentials like medicine, food, clean water to thousands of Yemeni children. But we still have so much more to do, and we need your help.
Despite our best efforts, life is continuing to get worse for children in Yemen. The most recent attack in Hajjah, in north-western Yemen, took yet another devastating toll on children.
Twelve were killed while at home and another 14 injured.
"No matter what measures are in place, no matter how much assistance is delivered, the situation will only change for children when the conflict stops. Every day, more children die in Yemen because of this senseless war," Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.
Last December a deal dubbed 'the Stockholm agreement' was made to prevent the situation in Yemen from getting any worse. But not enough has changed for Yemen's children. Every day since, eight children have been killed or injured. Most of these children killed were playing outdoors with their friends or were on their way to or from school.
“Today it is fair to say that Yemen is one
of the worst places on earth to be a child.”
An injured girl is treated at Althawra Hospital in Hodeidah, Yemen © UNICEF/UN0216979/Ayyashi
“This war on Yemen is sadly, a war on children.”
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 vaccines, clean water, sanitation facilities, emergency food, medicine and much needed medical kits. We’re also working hard to keep children in school by giving incentives to more than 143,000 teachers who have not been paid for over two years and training teachers in how to counsel children whose lives have been ripped apart by war.
How bad is it?
- Today, nearly 1.2 million children live in active conflict zones in areas witnessing heavy violence.
- Across the country, two million children are out of school with few options to return to learning.
- One in five schools are either damaged, destroyed or being used for shelter or military purposes.
- In 2018, we treated more than 345,000 severely malnourished children.
- There have been continuous attacks on infrastructure, such as water systems meaning 8.1 million children have been cut off from access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.
- More than 6,700 children have lost their lives.
- Over 2,700 boys have been forcibly recruited into armed forces.
“For families in Yemen, these crumbling basic
services are a matter of life and death. If they
continue to come under attack, more lives —
among them many children — will be lost.”
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.