Crisis in Yemen

In Yemen, a child dies every 10 minutes from preventable causes. 

Civil war has brought Yemen to the brink of social collapse. Some 3.6 million people — including 2 million children — have been driven from their homes by violence. Out of a population of 30.5 million people, 24 million Yemenis need humanitarian assistance. An estimated 12.6 million people are in acute need of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. One in three babies in Yemen are not fully vaccinated, and at least 2 million children are out of school.

"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. In 2020, UNICEF will continue to provide immediate lifesaving support to children affected by the crisis while working with partners to:

  • Treat 331,000 children under age 5 for severe acute malnutrition
  • Vaccinate 5.5 million children under 5 against polio and 700,000 children under 1 against measles
  • Provide 6.8 million people with safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene
  • Distribute standard hygiene kits to 5 million people 
  • Support quality education for 820,000 children
  • Reach 2 million children and community members with lifesaving mine risk education messages
  • Help 874,000 children and caregivers receive mental health and psychosocial support

To continue responding to children’s needs, UNICEF asks for supporters' help. In 2020, UNICEF will need $534.9 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, 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.” 

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