Yemen

Three years of war has torn the country apart

Save the Children in Yemen

We've created safe spaces for children to learn in and we're providing families with food, medical assistance and clean water.

What is the situation in Yemen?

Yemen has long been one of the poorest countries in the Middle East.

In March 2015, a long-running political crisis escalated into violence, with devastating consequences for people who live in Yemen.

Half of the population is facing a food crisis. Many more need clean water and medical care.

Disease, hunger and war pose a triple threat in Yemen. It's now being called one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time. 

 

THE WORLD'S LARGEST HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

The war in Yemen is now three years long and has left 11.3 million children need humanitarian assistance, more than 2.5 million people, internally displaced and 3.4 million children out of school.

Schools and hospitals have been caught in the crossfire and fighting has prevented access to food, fuel, clean water and medical supplies.

Nearly 8 million children are now going hungry every day and almost a third of under-fives are acutely malnourished.

With 40% of the population aged under 15, the country’s needs are huge. More than 80% of people rely on aid agencies and the UN for essentials such as food and healthcare.

Blog: Time to end the war in Yemen

How we're helping children and families in Yemen

Save the Children operates across battle lines in Yemen and we have seen first-hand how it has become the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis with 11 million children dependent on humanitarian aid.

In Yemen, protecting children affected by war is our key concern. Our emergency teams are working across the country, distributing food and cash transfers so families can afford to eat.

We’re supporting 160 health units to treat malnourished children, and supplying communities with water tanks and hygiene kits. And our mobile child protection teams are helping keep children safe.

Donate now to the Yemen Crisis Appeal

 

Today 20.7 million people, including 10.3 million children, are in need of urgent humanitarian aid in Yemen.

As the fighting continues, we are calling on the UK government to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

We are extremely clear what we're asking for. We want Saudi Arabia to obey the rules of war, to stop killing civilians in Yemen, and to abandon a failed military strategy in favour of working towards a political solution.

Britain is providing welcome and life-saving aid to Yemen – but it also provides diplomatic cover. It is time for the Government to use this diplomatic relationship to push for an end to the conflict - and to demand our allies stop bombing children.

All sides in this conflict - including the Saudi-led Coalition, the Houthis, the Yemen Government, and everyone involved in the fighting, must come to the table and start to work for a negotiated peace, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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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