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.