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


The past two years have seen the civil war inside Yemen escalate 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. Innocent civilians have consistently been exposed to violence.

At least 2.5 million people inside Yemen are displaced - 75 per cent of whom are women and children - with millions more facing risks to their safety and basic rights which leave them struggling to survive. Outbreaks of Cholera and Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) have also contributed to the dire humanitarian situation - with the lack of a functioning health system and limited access to safe water and hygiene posing significant challenges to effectively controlling the spread of the diseases.

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. 



War Child is one of six aid organisations participating in the international Yemen Joint Response 3. The initiative - coordinated by the Dutch Relief Alliance - sees the six organisations work together to deliver emergency humanitarian assistance inside Yemen. Humanitarian access inside Yemen remains extremely constrained and the delivery of basic services is limited.

The Joint Response initiative allows the organisations to address these challenges and provide rapid humanitarian assistance to address urgent protection and health needs. War Child Holland will support the work of War Child UK in providing protection to displaced and vulnerable children. War Child will respond to the current crisis by providing emergency to 1,000 households in Sana'a and Hajjah.