Julie is based in Melbourne but has been working in Yemen for almost a year. She and her team are working to prevent and respond to the worse forms of violence, exploitations and abuse against children.
The child protection program in Yemen focuses on children who are particularly vulnerable with psychosocial support, mine risk education, and access to critical services. For example, victim's assistance where UNICEF provides prosthetic limbs to children who have lost their own limbs in landmine explosions, and support for children and their families to adapt to the new disability.
Julie has worked in some of the most stressful, conflict-affected places in the world including in Gaza, Iraq, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and other affected countries in the Eastern African region.
She says Yemen is a complex and protracted emergency, with deep impacts on children, their families and communities. There are multiple parties to the conflict, all committing a range of grave child rights violations, whilst the country is facing an almost complete collapse of basic services and deepening poverty.
"People's coping mechanisms are brought to the absolute brink and after more than three years of conflict, people are getting tired and not seeing a way out," Julie says.
"It is an insecure environment and anything
can happen at any time so there is
always a degree of risk working in these
situations. But if you focus on that, you
wouldn't get out of bed in the morning."