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Despite deepening political crisis in Yemen, UNICEF to stay and deliver

SANA’A, Yemen/GENEVA, 13 February 2015 – As the political crisis deepens in Yemen, UNICEF reaffirms its commitment to stay and deliver for the children of Yemen.

UNICEF is concerned about the economic impact of the crisis especially on women and children, on their nutrition and education. Children are among the worst affected by the crisis in the country - millions of them suffer from malnutrition, have seen their education disrupted, are at times forced into serving as combatants and suffer from poor health.

“We want to reassure the people of Yemen that UNICEF will stay and deliver,” said Julien Harneis, UNICEF Representative in Yemen. “Along with our partners, we will continue to vaccinate children, treat malnutrition, build and repair schools, and provide psychosocial support to children in distress.”

UNICEF has treated 160,000 children for acute malnutrition and provided nearly 900,000 people with safe drinking water. A programme to build and refurbish schools across the country will benefit more than half a million children.

An estimated 14.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Yemen. Basic social services have yet to return to their pre-2011 levels and are likely to worsen in the future. UNICEF appeals to the international community to support the children of Yemen in this time of crisis and is requesting $60 million to meet the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable children in 2015.


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For more information, please contact:
Rajat Madhok, UNICEF Yemen, rmadhok@unicef.org  +967712223001
Mohammad Al-Assadi, UNICEF Yemen, malasaadi@unicef.org, +967 711760002
Christopher Tidey, UNICEF Geneva ctidey@unicef.org, +41 792042345 
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, nmekki@unicef.org, +1917 209 1804





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