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Yemen

The civil war inside Yemen continues to escalate - leaving millions of children in need of emergency protection and humanitarian assistance

National context

The civil war inside Yemen has escalated over the past two years - from an internal conflict between government forces and Houthi rebels into a war between competing regional powers. Yemeni citizens are exposed to both terrorist attacks by Islamic State and continued air strikes from Saudi-led coalition forces.

The ongoing conflict has left more than 21 million people - some 80 per cent of the population - in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Millions of people are vulnerable - not only as a consequence of fighting but also due to the lack of food and healthcare.

The children of Yemen have suffered most as a result of the conflict. Some 8,700 civilians have died as a direct result of the conflict to date - including more than 2,000 children. The near collapse of public services has left an estimated two million children out of school, according to UN figures. Outbreaks of Cholera and Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) have contributed to this dire humanitarian situation. 

Situation of children

The children of Yemen have suffered most as a result of the conflict. Some 4,000 civilians have died as a direct result of the conflict to date - including more than 1,300 children. The near collapse of public services has left an estimated two million children out of school, according to UN figures. Outbreaks of Cholera and Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) have contributed to this dire humanitarian situation. 

What we do

War Child Holland continues to support the work of War Child UK in providing protection and emergency food supplies to displaced and vulnerable children.

War Child has also participated in the international Yemen Joint Response. The initiative - coordinated by the Dutch Relief Alliance - sees six organisations work together to deliver emergency humanitarian assistance inside Yemen.

The Joint Response initiative allows the participating organisations to provide rapid humanitarian assistance to address urgent protection and health needs.

Our projects

Emergency Food Voucher Programme
War Child distributes food vouchers to the most vulnerable children and families in Yemen. Each voucher helps a family buy enough food for one month.