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.
The recent escalation in armed hostilities in several governorates of Yemen has diminished hopes that the lull in fighting earlier this year could lead to an end to the long sufferring of Yemen's people.
In the first two months of 2020, more than 70 people have been killed - including 43 children. The daily suffering of children in Yemen should not be forgotten or go unnoticed.
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.
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Since March 2015, more than 7,700 civilians - including 2,103 children - have been killed. On top of this, more than 12,000 people have been injured due to indiscriminate attacks, landmines, improvised explosive devices, and the storage of weapons and explosives in residential areas, by all parties to the conflict.
The actual civilian casualty statistics are likely to be far higher.
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. Today, out of a population of 30.5 million people, 20.1 million face hunger and 14.4 million need immediate assistance to sustain or save their lives.
“Today it is fair to say that Yemen is one
of the worst places on earth to be a child.”
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 128,000 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?
- More than 12.3 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance.
- Today, nearly 1.2 million children live in active conflict zones in areas witnessing heavy violence.
- One in five schools are either damaged, destroyed or being used for shelter or military purposes.
- Almost two million children are acutely malnourished.
- Since March 2015, more than 2,100 children have been killed.
- Over 2,700 boys have been forcibly recruited into armed forces.