Crisis in Yemen
In Yemen, a child dies every 10 minutes from preventable causes. For the nearly 360,000 severely malnourished children under 5, any day could be their last
Civil war has brought Yemen to the brink of social collapse. Some 3.6 million people — 2 million of them children — have been driven from their homes by violence. More than 24 million Yemenis need humanitarian aid. An estimated 12 million people, including 7 million children, will depend on food assistance in 2019.
"In Yemen, children can no longer safely do the things that all children love to do — like go to school or spend time with their friends outside," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. "The war can reach them wherever they are, even in their own homes."
Here's what UNICEF is doing to help:
UNICEF is on the ground in Yemen, leading the way to provide water, nutrition, education and protection to children and families while collaborating closely with partners to meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable children. This year, UNICEF will continue to provide immediate lifesaving support to children affected by the crisis while working with partners to:
Treat 321,750 children under age 5 for severe acute malnutrition
Vaccinate 5.3 million children against polio and 924,000 children against measles
Provide 7 million people with safe drinking water
Protect 3.5 million people from cholera with household water treatment and disinfection
Support quality education for 817,000 children
Reach 1.4 million children and community members with lifesaving mine risk education
Organize resilience-building activities for 794,000 children and caregivers
To continue responding to children’s needs, UNICEF asks for supporters' help. In 2019, UNICEF will need $542 million to fund what has become the largest humanitarian operation in the world.
“The impact of the conflict in Yemen runs deep and has not spared a single child,” says UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Geert Cappelaere. “Mind-boggling violence over the past four years, high levels of poverty and decades of conflicts, neglect and deprivation, are putting a heavy strain on Yemeni society, tearing apart its social fabric – fundamental for any society and especially for children.”