Children queue for a daily distribution of cold milk and biscuits in Bosaso, Somalia, at the reception center for Somali returnees and refugees who have fled the conflict in Yemen.

Yemen Crisis Appeal

Assault on Hodeidah 

Violence has erupted on the outskirts of the Houthi-held city of Hodeidah and UAE backed military forces are closing in on the city, which is home to Yemen’s largest port.

The impact of an attack on the city and its port would be catastrophic for Yemen’s children, who have already suffered so much over three years of brutal conflict.

Hodeidah has a population of nearly 600,000 people and 80% of Yemen’s food, fuel and medicine is imported through the port. Any closure would sever a vital supply line for millions of people, further obstructing access to food for a country already suffering through the world’s largest hunger crisis.

17.8 million people are currently in need of emergency food assistance. For millions already on the brink of starvation, this attack could trigger widespread death and famine. 

We must act now to protect children who have already suffered so much and ensure they receive the vital support they need in this unrelenting conflict. We will continue to do everything we can to reach them. We have developed new routes to get vital aid into the country so we can continue to deliver life-saving programmes.

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The total number of people in need of humanitarian assistance is 22.2 million – or 76% of the population – including 11.3 million children

How your donation will help children

Your donation could change the course of the war for a child in Yemen.

You could help us supply communities with safe drinking water, hygiene kits and money for food.

And you could help us make sure children have safe places to learn, play, and start to come to terms with everything they've been through.

Your donation could help us:

  • Deliver critical medical care to sick and injured children and their families through one of our fixed health facilities or mobile health clinics
  • Supply vital food and vitamin supplies
  • Treat children suffering from malnutrition and severe dehydration
  • Respond to disease outbreaks such as cholera and diphtheria, launch vaccination campaigns and promote safe hygiene practices to prevent the spread of disease
  • Make sure children have safe places to learn, play, and receive specialist emotional support to help come to terms with everything they've been through.
  • Protect children’s futures by getting them back into school. We’re supporting existing schools, providing essential equipment and establishing temporary learning spaces.

This is the reality for children in Yemen. They are suffering and we can help. 


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.

One-year-old Eman* was at her relatives’ house in a village in Arhab District, Sana’a Governorate, when an airstrike hit the building. The blast killed her mother and at least five other women who had gathered to offer their condolences after the funeral of one their relatives. Eman* survived after being trapped in a small space under the rubble, which shielded her from the debris. But her face was badly burned by the explosion, causing her eyes to swell severely.

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