Ali*, 4 months old, is suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition and has been admitted into the Outpatient Therapeutic Programme at Sabeen Hospital in Sana'a.


It's the world's largest humanitarian crisis


The war in Yemen has been raging for three years now which has left the country in the grip of the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. 

11.3 million children need humanitarian assistance.

Children are paying the heaviest price for this crisis. They face a triple threat – bombs, hunger and disease.  

Every day children are facing the risk of injury, death and abuse. They are being forced from their homes and missing school. They have been trapped in a brutal cycle of starvation and sickness. Hospitals have been bombed so the sick can’t be treated. Shipments of food have been blocked or delayed so millions go hungry.

The country has been torn apart; its health services are on the point of collapse. Children are suffering from easily preventable diseases such as cholera and diptheria.

Many children have witnessed haunting acts of violence and the destruction of their communities and homes.

With prospects of survival diminishing day by day, urgent action is required. In the complex context of war, it’s easy to lose sight of what you can do to help. But while we can’t change the past for these children, with your help, we can change their futures before it is too late.

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

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

We’re working across Yemen running health clinics, treating malnourished children, and distributing emergency aid.

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.

Last updated January 2018.

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