Children in Yemen now face a triple threat – hunger, disease and bombs. Reports of a new attack on the port city of Hodeidah have put an estimated 300,000 children at further risk of being killed or maimed by fighting. Yemen could also be on the brink of a deadly new cholera epidemic that could affect thousands of people in the coming weeks unless urgent action is taken.
Save the Children is on the ground, working to help the most vulnerable survive and stay safe. We’ve treated nearly 100,000 children suffering from malnutrition, and we’re operating mobile health clinics in the hardest-to-reach areas. Together, we can save Yemen’s children under threat.
The Challenges for Children in Yemen
Facing violence and with many forced to flee their homes, Yemen’s children are malnourished and lack access to health care, food, education and basic services. They desperately need your help.*
- Only 55% of girls 15 and older are literate
- 29% of children are out of school, with up to 75% of schools destroyed
- 55 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
- 23% of children are engaged in child labor
- 54% of people live in poverty
- 1,600 children have been killed since the start of the conflict
Our Work for Children in Yemen
Save the Children has been working in Yemen since 1963 and was the first international aid group in Yemen. Boys and girls growing up in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, have little opportunity for education and development. We are working non-stop to help Yemeni children survive and thrive. We combat child poverty in Yemen and promote and protect children’s rights, with programs in education, protection and survival.
Due to ongoing conflict, rising food prices and a total breakdown of health and other services, Yemen is at risk of slipping into famine. Some 4 million children and pregnant or lactating women are in urgent need of nutrition services. Conditions are ideal for cholera to spread rapidly in the hot summer months, with almost 3,000 suspected cases reported in the first week of July across the country – the highest number seen since the start of the year.
Save the Children in Yemen is distributing cash and vouchers to purchase food, which empowers families to buy food for themselves, bolsters local markets, and helps to ensure that more children don’t become malnourished. We are working hard to keep children in school, setting up temporary learning spaces for those affected by the up to 75 percent of schools destroyed in some areas. The child-friendly spaces we run offer safe places for children in Yemen to learn, play and start to recover from the trauma they have experienced.
- Protected 55,608 children from harm
- Supported 1,784,041 children in times of crisis
- Provided 1,118,406 children with a healthy start in life
- Supported 98,127 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
- Gave 271,223 children vital nourishment
How to Help Children in Yemen and Around the World
Your gift to our Yemen Children’s Relief Fund will provide children caught in the crossfire with access to food, health care, education and protection.
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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)