Stand up for children in Yemen

Over 61,000 of us are campaigning to protect children in Yemen.

The campaign

The ongoing conflict in Yemen has created the largest humanitarian disaster on earth today. All sides have shown complete disregard for the protection of Yemeni civilians.

Children have been hit the hardest, and dozens are killed by hunger, disease and bombs every single day. 

The UK Government is an influential leader on the world stage and is the fourth largest donor of humanitarian aid to Yemen. It is also a key ally to some of the main parties to the conflict, providing both weapons and diplomatic support to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other members of the Saudi-led Coalition. 

The international community, and the UK Government in particular, must do more to protect the children caught up in this conflict. 

Join the campaign

We have four campaign calls:

  • For children to be protected from violence, including from UK-made weapons
  • For all groups harming children to be held to account by international law and the UN
  • Full access to humanitarian aid for children and their families
  • Better funding for humanitarian aid

Read more about our four campaign calls, and why this conflict in Yemen is happening, below.

We’re standing side by side with children in Yemen. Until the war stops, neither will we.

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CAMPAIGN SIDE BY SIDE WITH NORAN

Noran, who is 13 years old, was injured in an attack on a factory in Yemen, targeted by 4 airstrikes.  Noran was knocked down by the blast wave and twisted her back. Her life has changed completely, and she now uses a wheelchair.  Noran says, “It’s our right to learn. It’s our right to build a bright future.”

Noran, who is 13 years old, was injured in an attack on a factory in Yemen, targeted by 4 airstrikes. Noran was knocked down by the blast wave and twisted her back. Her life has changed completely, and she now uses a wheelchair. Noran says, “It’s our right to learn. It’s our right to build a bright future.”

Campaign calls

  • The UK Government must immediately suspend arms sales to any party involved in the conflict
  • All parties to the conflict must uphold their obligations and respect the highest standards of international law and policy
  • The UN, and in particular the UK as a permanent member and 'Penholder' on Yemen on the Security Council, must do all it can to protect children in Yemen, including through the Security Council and the Children and Armed Conflict track
  • All perpetrators of violations of international law must be held to account
  • The UK must support independent international investigations 
  • All parties to the conflict must guarantee unimpeded humanitarian access to all those who need it 
  • Restrictions on imports of commercial supplies must be lifted, including at all ports and airports in to the country
  • The UK Government must maintain its welcome contribution to funding relief efforts, and play a greater role in encouraging other donors to increase funding

Latest action: Email the UAE Ambassador

Use this tool to tell the Emirati Ambassador that their attack on Hodeidah must stop before thousands of children are put at risk.

What is happening?

The conflict in Yemen has raged for over three years. The fighting between the Saudi and Emirati-led Coalition, the Government of Yemen, the Houthi-led opposition and the behaviour of all the warring parties, has put Yemen in the grip of the largest humanitarian disaster on Earth today. 

There are 22.2 million people in need of help in Yemen. Nearly 9 million people are on the brink of starvation, millions have been affected by outbreaks of deadly diseases like cholera and diphtheria, and the UN estimates that a child in Yemen dies every 10 minutes from preventable causes such as hunger and disease.

Children have paid the heaviest price, with over 11 million children now in need of help. Dozens of children are killed by hunger, disease and bombs every single day.

 

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What can we do about it?

Britain is a powerful world leader on the international stage, and is the fourth largest donor of aid to Yemen - but it also provides diplomatic cover and billions of pounds worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, one of the main actors in the war, helping to fuel the conflict.

These ties mean that Britain has the influence and responsibility to do all it can to help bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict. 

The international community - including the UK Government - must do more to stop children being harmed in Yemen. Ultimately, only an end to Yemen's war will stop children being harmed.

Until the war stops, neither will we.

 

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