Parents Saud and Mansu spent all their savings – Yemeni Ryal 45,000 (around US $90) to bring their baby, Saeed, into the world. The family needed to travel several hours along a rugged road just to get to the nearest hospital.
Once there, Saud needed a caesarean section, but thankfully the birth went well and Saeed was born. However, it has become increasingly difficult for the family to survive due to worsening conditions. Stories like this are all too common in war-ravaged Yemen.
In 2018, Yemen was declared as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Since then, the situation has only deteriorated. As of this year 24 million people, the vast majority of Yemen’s population, are in need of humanitarian support. UNICEF has been on the ground, providing essentials like health services, medicine, clean water and food.