Yemen's Children Are on the Edge of Starvation
Three years of intense civil war have pushed underdeveloped, overlooked Yemen to the brink of collapse. UNICEF has been on the ground since the crisis began, working closely with partners to provide nutrition, safe water, health care and immunizations, sanitation, education, physical protection and psychological support to children. Please donate now to support UNICEF's lifesaving efforts.
Addressing the United Nations Security Council on October 22, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock sounded the alarm: "There is now a clear and present danger of an imminent and great, big famine engulfing Yemen." The famine's scale, he warned, would be "much bigger than anything any professional in this field has seen during their working lives."
Eight million Yemenis already depend on emergency food aid to survive. That figure could soon rise to 14 million, or half Yemen's population.
"The cost of food, fuel and water supplies has skyrocketed as the value of the national currency has plummeted," says UNICEF Executive Henrietta H. Fore. "Water and sewage treatment services are at risk of collapse because of soaring fuel prices — meaning many children and families may also be without access to safe water and sanitation."
UNICEF has been on the ground since the crisis in Yemen began, working closely with partners to provide nutrition, safe water, health care and immunizations, sanitation, education, physical protection and psychological support to children in Yemen.
Top photo: This boy was one of many treated for a suspected case of cholera at a UNICEF-supported hospital in Hudaydah, Yemen in early October 2018. © UNICEF/UN0240907/Saeed