Samar is examined in a Yemen hospital


The world's largest humanitarian crisis

More than 1,000 days of brutal war

Since March 2015, the situation in Yemen – already the poorest country in the Middle East – has deteriorated into a living nightmare where children starve to death daily, and are shelled and bombed in their homes and schools.

Extreme hunger and disease are killing an estimated 130 children in Yemen every day.

A continuing blockade by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition on the country’s northern ports of entry is making problems even worse.

Most recently, children are bearing the brunt of the worst diphtheria outbreak for a generation, with 90% of fatalities under the age of 15.

The blockade prevents vital supplies from entering the country, which means the death toll is likely to rise.

9 million children are food insecure and thousands have died from preventable illnesses. A devastating cholera outbreak has seen more than one million suspected cases.

In areas affected by fighting, airstrikes and explosive weapons threaten children’s lives. An average of five children have been killed or injured every day since the conflict escalated. Hospitals are being bombed and many health services have completely collapsed.


Rima was admitted to a Save the Children treatment center with suspected diphtheria.

Rima, 4 years old, was admitted to a Save the Children treatment center on 3rd January with suspected diphtheria.

How your donation will help children

£5.40 could provide 80 clean and safe syringes to deliver life-saving medicines to children

£12 could buy a child's schoolbag kit containing essential learning equipment, such as exercise books and stationery 

£35 could pay for a box of 150 sachets of ready-to-use therapeutic food, which is high-energy, fortified food, suitable for the treatment of children with severe acute malnutrition.

We’re working around the clock to help children by:

  • Treating malnutrition and delivering food and vitamin supplements
  • Distributing hygiene kits to stop the spread of cholera and setting up treatment centres and oral rehydration points
  • Supplying communities with safe drinking water, hygiene kits and money for food
  • Giving them safe spaces where they can learn, play, and begin to come to terms with everything they've been through.

Since the fighting escalated, we’ve reached more than 1.8 million people, including more than 954,000 children.

Zuhair's story

Zuhair, 13, was badly burned in an airstrike on a crowded funeral in Yemen. Zuhair and his stepfather were at Al-Kubra Hall when two airstrikes hit the hall and killed over 100 mourners. 

Although they miraculously survived the attack, both were badly burned as a result of the explosion - the intensity of the firestorm setting their clothes alight with Zuhair suffering from third degree burns to many parts of his body as he frantically tried to extinguish his burning clothing.

Zuhair stayed at home for nearly a fortnight without medical attention and in a lot of pain because his family could not afford to take him to hospital.

Our Child Protection staff heard about Zuhair’s case from the local community and immediately referred him to a local hospital.

Last updated January 2018.

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