Hamza*, 16, with his brother Hani*, 12, outside their home in Amran, Yemen. Hamza*, helps provide for his mother and five siblings. He was injured on the first day of airstrikes in Sana'a when a shell injured him and broke his leg. Photo Credit: Mohammed Awadh/Save the Children.

Hamza*, 16, with his brother Hani*, 12, outside their home in Amran, Yemen. Hamza, helps provide for his mother and five siblings. He was injured on the first day of airstrikes in Sana'a when a shell injured him and broke his leg.

Three Years of War in Yemen

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (March 26, 2018)— Monday, March 26, 2018 marks three years since the start of the escalation of conflict in Yemen. In observance of the day, Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children’s Yemen Country Director, said:

"For the last three years, Yemeni children have been bombed and starved with utter impunity. Thousands have died in their homes or in hospitals as they waited in vain for medicines or lifesaving equipment to reach them. Tens of thousands more could die this year alone if urgent action is not taken to end the violence.

"Children who once felt they had a future have seen their cities and their dreams turned to rubble. Half of all hospitals have now been damaged or destroyed, hundreds of schools have been levelled or attacked, and four million children are on the brink of famine.

"The saddest thing is that all of this suffering is completely man-made. All we need is political will from all the warring parties to end the bloodshed and to fully relax the blockade so that humanitarian and commercial supplies can enter the country. Without this, the fourth year of Yemen’s war will likely be its deadliest yet."

KEY FACTS—3 YEARS ON

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