The suffering of Yemen’s children because of consequences
for a devastating war that is not their making

The United Nations announced that dozens of children in Yemen suffer daily from starvation and insecurity and end up dying because of the deterioration of the health sector in the country and many other sectors.

You can only imagine that 9 million people in Yemen need urgent health care, many of them malnourished, most notably the children who grew up in a war that is not their making, after the war had lead the country to very miserable phase.

One of the main problems facing children in Yemen is malnutrition, resulting in famine in some areas, insecurity due to war and the lack of parks or playgrounds. Many children die from war, or getting ran over by cars or drowning, and lack of appropriate education for children.

Some figures of Yemen’s children suffering

We present to you some of the figures officially released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “There is a whole generation of children growing up who know only violence,” said UNICEF official in Yemen, Mirichael Mercado.

  • More than 3 million children have been born in Yemen since the conflict escalated in 2015.
  • 8 million children suffer from acute malnutrition, of which 400,000 are struggling to survive.
  • 11 million children need humanitarian assistance, around all children in Yemen.
  • 2 million children are deprived of education, of whom 500,000 left school.
  • 85% of health and education workers received only part of their salaries, affecting 4.5 million children.
  • More than 1 million people are suspected of having cholera and watery diarrhea, and children account for a quarter of this number (under 5 years).
  • More than 5,000 children have been killed and wounded since March 2015 and to date at least the suffering of about 5 children a day.
  • More than 6 million children lack access to safe drinking water or adequate sanitation.
  • Almost all Yemenite girls married before the age of 18.

Difficult times for the children of Yemen

Yemen’s children were born in a completely unsafe environment at all levels, which affects children negatively. Even if they survive death, their offspring are extremely difficult to obtain the most basic rights of life from food, drink, safety, housing, etc.

The situation has been unstable since the beginning of the war, in light of the armed confrontations in the center of the capital Sana’a and other areas, and the activities of extremist groups, armed groups and conflicts that they enter with the security forces, and then affect civilians.

The education has stopped in schools

Because of these conditions, there are a lot of schools where the educational process has stopped because of the involvement of children in the battlefields and protests, and the scene is repeated in many areas.

Of course, a number of active international and local organizations have denounced what is happening in Yemen of the participation of children in the fields of protests, and it came to the extent that they put the coffins of the dead and write a “Mashrue Shahid” which means “martyr project”.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has always called on all political parties in Yemen to protect children and prevent them from being caught in the midst of conflicts because such situations increase their plight and increase their risk of mental and physical health.