Help Yemen's Children
- As the eight-year conflict in Yemen escalates, an average of one child was killed or injured every day last year.
- Since the six-month UN-led truce ended in October 2022, children tell us they constantly fear for their lives.
- Today, there are at least 2 million children in Yemen that are acutely malnourished.
After eight years of conflict in Yemen, 11 million children are struggling to survive
Escalation of conflict, embargoes and a collapsed economy have pushed 80% of the population below the poverty line
Yemen rank's #1 on the list of top ten worst conflict-affected countries for children
At a Glance: The Crisis in Yemen
- Population of Yemen: 32.6 million
- People in need of humanitarian assistance: 21.6 million
- People internally displaced by crisis: Over 4.5 million - half of which are children
- Number of attacks on schools and hospitals in one year: 89
- Number of children acutely malnourished: 2 million
- Save the Children has been working in Yemen since 1963 as one of the largest aid organizations operating in Yemen.
- Since March 2015, we’ve reached more than 4 million children in Yemen with life-saving assistance.
- We support over 200 health facilities across Yemen to deliver vital nutrition services for babies, children and mothers.
Yemen has been in the grip of a humanitarian catastrophe for over eight years, as the country is caught in a vicious cycle of armed conflict, economic crisis and disruptions to vital public services. The armed conflict that began escalating in 2014-2015, has been the main driver of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
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The situation is dire for the country's population of 32.6 million, with an estimated 21.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2023, including 11.1 million children.Back to Top
The economy of Yemen has been decimated by the ongoing armed conflict, with macroeconomic instability, de facto separation of economic institutions, import restrictions and natural disasters all contributing to its weakening. This has led to the reversal of past development gains and a shrinkage of the economy by half since the escalation of the conflict.Back to Top
A glimmer of hope for Yemen’s people emerged in April 2022, when a UN-brokered ceasefire was agreed upon. The six-month ceasefire period, which expired on 2 October, led to a sharp reduction in conflict-induced civilian casualties, including a 34% decrease in child casualties.Back to Top
Climate change and natural hazards also have a significant impact on children and civilians in Yemen. The country is highly vulnerable to climate-related hazards, such as floods and droughts, which can lead to food insecurity and displacement. These hazards also exacerbate the already dire humanitarian situation in the country and make it even more difficult for civilians, including children, to access basic needs such as food and healthcare.
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In 2023, it is projected that 378,000 people will be newly displaced, adding to the 4.5 million currently displaced.Back to Top
Save the Children is the biggest NGO in Yemen and has been working with Yemeni children since 1963. Save the Children significantly increased its humanitarian response when the conflict began in 2015, and despite the enormous challenges, Save the Children continues to reach the most vulnerable children across Yemen.
Our programs are aimed at making sure children in Yemen have enough food to eat, can access healthcare, can continue their education, and are protected from violence.Back to Top
Since the beginning of the crisis, Save the Children has reached more than five million children with crucial support.Back to Top
Latest News and Featured Stories from Yemen
Save the Children is already working to identify 2023 humanitarian crises before they deteriorate and is working to protect children and to support their recovery.
In Yemen, children are dying from starvation because of a lack of food due to the ongoing war. Children in Yemen suffering from malnutrition need help now.
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