A young boy named Ismail sit on a chair outside a brick building with bars on the windows. The boy’s right leg is wrapped, from his toe to above his knee, in white bandages. The boy was on a school bus, riding through Yemen when his bus was bombed by an aircraft belonging to the SLC (Saudi-Led Coalition). Save the Children’s Stop the War on Children campaign draws attention to children living in conflict and calls on world leaders to take action to protect children living in war zones. Photo credit: Mohammed Awadh / Save the Children, Sept 2018.
Conflict In Yemen: Four Years, Four Facts
MARCH 26, 2019 • EMERGENCY RESPONSE
Yemen is a perfect storm of humanitarian, protection and economic crises, with each fueling the other. March 26 marks four years since the conflict in the country escalated. In that time, Yemeni families have witnessed the horror of more than 19,000 airstrikes and continuous ground fighting.
Over the last year, 37 Yemeni children have been killed or injured by foreign bombs each month. Twenty four million people, including 12.3 million children, need humanitarian assistance – without this, their prospects of survival dwindle every day.
On the four-year mark of the escalation of the conflict, here are four facts you need to know.
- 85,000 children under the age of five may have died from extreme hunger or disease since the war started in 2015. Children who die from Severe Acute Malnutrition suffer immensely as their vital organ functions slow down and eventually stop. Their immune systems are so weak they are more prone to infections with some too frail to even cry.
- 2 million children are currently missing out on an education, and 1,800 schools are unfit for use. Save the Children is working hard to keep children in school or giving them access to safe places to play and escape the trauma they are experiencing.
- An estimated 2 million children do not have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. In some parts of the country, the water supply is only turned on for an hour a day and 46% of the population lacks access to safe drinking water.
- 2 million children are without adequate access to healthcare. More than half of all health facilities have closed or are only partially functional. There are no doctors available in 18% t of the districts in Yemen.
Save the Children calls on all parties to Yemen’s conflict to support the ongoing peace process, to take urgent steps to protect civilians, to work toward stabilizing the economy and to allow complete and unconditional access for humanitarian and commercial goods into Yemen.
To learn more about Save the Children’s work in Yemen and how you can help, visit our website.
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