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The war in Yemen is now over five years long and has left 11.3 million children in need of humanitarian assistance to survive.

And after half of the country's health facilities were destroyed through civil war, the impact of coronavirus will be devastating. We're currently raising funds to help children affected by COVID-19 in Yemen and around the world - find out more about our coronavirus response in Yemen here. 

Yemen has just over 500 confirmed cases of the virus, but there are reports of deaths from COVID-19 symptoms from around the country and case fatality is alarmingly high.

Yemen is a perfect storm of humanitarian, protection and economic crises, with each fuelling the other.

Extreme hunger and disease may have already claimed the lives of up to 85,000 young children.

Children are in the eye of that storm and their fight to survive gets harder every day. Your support for our Yemen Appeal is urgent - please donate today.

Our teams are in Yemen right now, making sure children can get food to eat, access healthcare, continue their education and be protected from violence. But the crisis is worsening.

We're doing everything we can to reach the most vulnerable children, but the on-and-off blockade is restricting our access. 

Children urgently need your support to help them survive. Donate now.


What we're doing

We’re the largest independent aid agency in Yemen, working on the ground – as well as campaigning for lasting change – to help children survive this brutal war.

Across Yemen we’re running over 150 clinics, 21 hospitals and five mobile health and nutrition teams.

Right now, we’re:

  • treating sick and injured children,
  • providing life-saving treatment for malnourished children,
  • responding to deadly disease outbreaks, such as cholera and diptheria,
  • providing children with access to safe drinking water and essential hygiene items to prevent the spread of illness and disease

How we're helping Samar*

Samar, yemen


Samar's* family lives in the middle of the desert, in a tent that was damaged by the heavy winds. Her mother left their home when she was just a few months old due to economic problems and the family issues that ensued, so Samar did not get appropriate breastfeeding and care.

Samar has been severely malnourished ever since her mother left them, and she has been admitted several times to the hospital. Samar was referred to the Mobile Clinic as a case of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). At the clinic, she received the routine vaccinations for the first time, and has been given nutritional peanut paste.

In Yemen 7.4 million children are in need of child protection assistance.

Right now, we’re:

  • running safe spaces where children can learn, play and being the long journey to recovery,
  • delivering psychosocial support to help children come to terms with the horrors they've experienced,
  • raising awareness in communities about protecting children from violence and exploitation



How we helped Rami*

Cousin Rami, 15, and Waleed*, 10, suffered life-changing injuries during two successive airstrikes near their home. Their relative, Bakeel*, 18, lost his father and two nephews.

The family were at the mosque for evening prayer when they heard the warplanes overhead. As they left the mosque, the bombing started.

Rami was injured by shrapnel and lay on the ground, unable to move. His father searched for him everywhere, and eventually a motorcyclist told him he had found an injured child near the road and taken him to the health centre. There, Rami was given first aid treatment but they referred him to Hodeidah Hospital, and then to Sana’a, where he had a leg operation.

Save the Children paid for his operation, medicine and gave him a wheelchair. We also supported Rami through one month of rehabilitation, which involves physical exercises to help him get better. He can now feel and move his right leg, but still cannot feel his left leg. Rami also still needs an operation to remove the fragments of shrapnel in his spine.

2 million children are out of school, depriving them of an education and exposing them to the risk of joining the frontline fighting, child labour, or early marriage.

Right now, we're:

  • ensuring children do not miss out on an education.
  • running twenty centers of ‘Accelerated Learning Programmes’ for children who have missed out on school and need spend time with other children their age. 

How we helped Aymen*

Aymen is 12 years old and comes from the Aden region of southern Yemen, which has been devastated by conflict in recent years. After a bomb hit his school, Aymen’s ears had been badly damaged in the explosion and he subsequently lost all hearing.

Aymen was spotted by Save the Children at a local health facility and provided with hearing aids for both his damaged ears. This has helped him to cope at school, improve his grades and recover his old confidence.

Food insecurity affects 20.1 million Yemenis (67% of the population), including 10.3 million children.

Right now, we're:

  • giving food to young children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who are at risk of malnutrition,
  • giving families cash and vouchers for food and medicine to boost local markets

How we helped Muna*

Muna, 2 months, lost her mother suddenly 20 days after giving birth. Muna was then taken to another area called al-Bayda in the same governorate to her grandmother’s house where she has been taken care of by her grandmother and her aunt who has a child of the same age.

After her mother passed way, Muna stopped getting breast milk therefore her health deteriorated especially after she also started refusing bottle milk. Muna’s aunt was reached through Save the Children breastfeeding awareness sessions where she learnt the importance of children like Muna getting breast milk. 

Since the aunt also had a child the same age as Muna whom she was breastfeeding, she decided to also breastfeed Muna with guidance and support from a Mother to Mother group that was formed and is supported by Save the Children. Through the group, she received support on how to breastfeed the two children. Muna’s health has greatly improved and she has started gaining weight since the time her aunt started breastfeeding her.

*Names changed to protect identities

Our Coronavirus Response

We're doing all we can to help keep children alive, healthy and learning through the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) and Infection Prevention and Control materials to over 100 health facilities
  • providing training to 180 health facilities
  • raising awareness about the disease through our health centres and community volunteers

By donating to our Yemen appeal, some money could be used to help our coronavirus response. Find out more and donate to our global coronavirus response here.

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