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Protect children from escalating violence in Yemen, UNICEF appeals

NEW YORK/AMMAN, 31 March 2015 – At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured during fighting in Yemen over the past week, according to UNICEF. The fighting is severely damaging basic health services and education, while violence and displacement are leaving children terrified.

“Children are in desperate need of protection, and all parties to the conflict should do all in their power to keep children safe,” said Julien Harneis, UNICEF Yemen Representative speaking from Amman. 

The current escalation in violence and the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation is exacerbating already precarious conditions for children in the country, with widespread food insecurity, severe acute malnutrition and increased rates of child recruitment.

UNICEF, with national and international partners, continues to work to provide essential water, sanitation and health supplies, as well as vaccinations, nutrition, education, psychosocial and mine awareness programmes to affected children.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work please visit https://www.unicef.org/.

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For further information, please contact:
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, +1917 209 1804, nmekki@unicef.org
Simon Ingram, UNICEF Regional Office in Amman, +962 79 590 4740, singram@unicef.org
Christophe Boulierac, UNICF Geneva, +41 799 639 244, cboulierac@unicef.org
Rajat Madhok, UNICEF Yemen currently in Amman, +967 712 223 001, rmadhok@unicef.org 




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