Remember Yemen on Ramadan's Night of Power

May 9, 2019

More than 24 million people in Yemen — including at least 11 million children — need urgent humanitarian assistance. UNICEF is there to help.

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Throughout the Muslim world, the last ten days of Ramadan are considered the holiest, and most sacred of all is the Night of Power, when, according to Islamic tradition, the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, as guidance for all mankind. 

On the Night of Power, good deeds are multiplied a thousand times

From sunset to dawn on the Night of Power — also referred to as Laylat Al Qadr — many stay up all night seeking instruction, revelation, blessings and forgiveness. Quranic wisdom says that good deeds performed on the Night of Power are equal to those performed over a thousand months. Some believe it's the night prayers are answered.

Girls in Aden, Yemen read through brochures as they wait to be vaccinated during a UNICEF-backed measles and rubella immunization campaign at a local clinic in February 2019. © UNICEF/UN0284428/Fadhel

As Yemen's civil war drags on, millions will spend their Night of Power praying for peace

As the civil war drags into its fifth year, millions in Yemen will spend their Night of Power praying for peace. Mothers will pray for vaccines to protect their children from disease epidemics. Fathers will pray that they can find nourishment to prevent their children from wasting away. Children will pray for schools where they can learn, safe places where they can play and the chance to grow up in a world without violence. 

UNICEF is on the ground in Yemen, supporting and protecting children every day of the year

In a nation on the brink of collapse, where a child dies every 10 minutes from preventable causes, UNICEF is on the ground, meeting children's urgent needs. This year, throughout Ramadan —and every day and night of the year — UNICEF will be working in Yemen to provide nutrition support, health care, vaccinations, clean water, protection, education and more to some of the world's most vulnerable children. You can help. 

Please donate now to help vulnerable children during Ramadan. 

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Top photo: Mohammad, 4, is vaccinated in Aden, Yemen during a UNICEF-sponsored measles and rubella vaccination campaign in February 2019. © UNICEF/UN0284420/Fadhel