In the wake of an eighth-year-old conflict and persistent economic turmoil, Yemen is grappling with one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, enveloping its 32.6 million population, and leaving 21.6 million people, including 11.1 million children, requiring immediate assistance and protection. The brutal conflict has claimed or maimed over 11,000 children since 2015, displacing 4.5 million people, 1.5 million of whom are children.
The crisis has critically impaired essential services. Approximately 15.3 million people, including many displaced, urgently require clean water and sanitation. Over 3700 schools are destroyed or misused and 2.7 million children are out of school. Yemen's healthcare is near-collapse with half the facilities defunct and 28% of infants missing key vaccinations.
Food insecurity haunts 17 million people, owing to conflict and an unstable economy, pushing 2.2 million children into acute malnutrition. Aggravating the situation is Yemen's 90% food import dependency, making it vulnerable to global market shifts.
Yemen's fragile position is amplified by its vulnerability to climate change, including recurring droughts, flashfloods, and locust infestations, threatening agricultural productivity, food security, and worsening the overall humanitarian crisis.
Yemen's plight underscores the dire need for an immediate global response - an urgent appeal to preserve lives, restore services, and stabilise the economy for a future where children are safe, educated, and nourished.
For over six decades, since 1963, Save the Children has been a proactive humanitarian presence in Yemen. We escalated our response to address the crisis that arose in 2015. Our commitment in Yemen is to protect and enhance children's lives through high-impact programmes in vital areas such as health and nutrition, education, child protection, food security and livelihoods, and water, sanitation, and hygiene. Moreover, we remain prepared to provide emergency assistance in response to sudden crises. From 2015 through 2022, our persistent efforts have reached seven million people, of whom four million are children. Our ultimate objective is to uphold every child's inherent right to survival, education, and protection.
Save the Children works in both north and south of Yemen with the most vulnerable and marginalised Yemeni children and young people. We give special attention to children with disabilities, children affected by conflict، and those at risk of any sort of mental or physical abuse and exploitation. We work with parents, teachers, and caregivers to build their skills, so they may better support children and enhance the resilience of the Yemeni communities.
Save the Children has developed a longstanding relationship with local authorities and local civil society organisations, and we work with them hand in hand to enhance the resilience of children and their families.
Yemen Country Office
8 St, off Haddah St
P.O. Box 11391
Tel: +967 427744/55