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Yemen is in the midst of the world's largest humanitarian crisis. The war is now over five years long and has left 12.3m children in need of assistance.

After half of Yemeni health facilities were destroyed through war, the impact of coronavirus will be devastating. Find out more about our coronavirus response in Yemen. 

Yemen has over 2,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and there are reports of deaths from symptoms from around the country, with alarmingly high case fatality.

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.

Your support for our Yemen Appeal is urgent - please donate today.

Our teams are in Yemen right now, making sure children can eat, access healthcare, continue 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.



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.

We’re supporting 240 clinics,  16 mobile health teams and 27 hospitals, by:

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

How we're helping Samar*

Samar*, 11 months old, lives in a tent in the desert with her family

Samar*, 11 months old, lives in a tent in the desert with her family


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.

7.4m children are in need of child protection assistance. We're:

  • running safe spaces where children can learn, play and begin 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*

Rami* 15, was injured by a warplane in Yemen

Rami* 15, was injured by a warplane in Yemen

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.

2m 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. We're:

  • supporting over 450 schools and setting up temporary learning spaces
  • distributing essential school supplies
  • running catch-up classes for children who've missed school.

How we helped Lina*

Lina*, 15, in Hodeidah, Yemen

Lina*, 15, in Hodeidah, Yemen

Lina* is 15 years old and lives in Hodeidah, Yemen. After shelling near her family home, the family was forced to temporarily move until it was safe to return. The constant threat of airstrikes and shelling has meant that going to school for Lina is terrifying. 

“We feel so afraid when going to school for sure, but we cannot give up because we have to achieve our goals and dreams to make Yemen free and independent," says Lina

Lina also attends a Save the Children child friendly space, where she’s able receive psychosocial support giving her confidence to be able to express her opinion but more importantly a space where she can feel safe with her friends.

“The Child-Friendly Space provides a safe place for children. It also offers us educational and entertaining activities, as well as handcraft skills. We also receive awareness sessions, psychosocial social support, and feel safe in the Child-Friendly Spaces”




Food insecurity affects 20.1m Yemenis (67% of the population), including 10.3m children. 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’s grandmother, Nada, carrying Muna in her house, Lahj, Yemen

Muna’s grandmother, Nada, carrying Muna in her house, Lahj, Yemen

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


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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