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Yemen

As the humanitarian situation in Yemen worsens by the day, some 21 million people - 80 percent of the entire population - require humanitarian aid. Almost 20 million people do not have access to clean water and more than 3 million children under 5 are at risk of severe acute malnutrition.

Here journalists can access the latest news and resources on the situation for children and UNICEF’s ongoing response.

Contact our media teams in Yemen, Jordan and New York to speak to UNICEF experts.

 

PRESS RELEASES

United Nations leaders call on the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift blockade of Yemeni Red Sea ports
GENEVA/ROME/NEW YORK, 2 December 2017 - The partial lifting of the blockade of Yemen’s Red Sea ports by the Saudi-led coalition in recent days is allowing humanitarian organizations to resume the provision of life-saving assistance to people in desperate need. Given the massive scale of Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, however, all this does is slow the collapse towards a massive humanitarian tragedy costing millions of lives. It does not prevent it. Without the urgent resumption of commercial imports, especially food, fuel and medicines, millions of children, women and men risk mass hunger, disease and death.

UNICEF press conference: Geert Cappelaere, Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, on the humanitarian situation of children in Yemen
AMMAN, 26 November 2017 - This is a summary of what was said by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at in Amman, Jordan.

UNICEF plane landed in Sana’a airport today with lifesaving vaccines for children in Yemen
SANA’A/AMMAN/NEW YORK, 25 November 2017 - A UNICEF-chartered aircraft carrying lifesaving vaccines has landed in Sana’a airport earlier today.

UN Leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen – Millions of lives at imminent risk
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 November 2017 – “While the Saudi-led military coalition has partially lifted the recent blockade of Yemen, closure of much of the country’s air, sea and land ports is making an already catastrophic situation far worse. The space and access we need to deliver humanitarian assistance is being choked off, threatening the lives of millions of vulnerable children and families.

Geneva Palais Briefing Note: The impact of the closure of all air, land and sea ports of Yemen on children
This is a summary of what was said by Meritxell Relano, UNICEF Representative in Yemen  – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the situation in Yemen
NEW YORK, 9 November 2017 – “Yesterday, Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, called on all parties to the conflict to provide safe, rapid, unhindered humanitarian access to people in need, through all ports and airports, including Hudaydah port and Sana’a airport. 

Endless violence shutters schools, teachers unpaid for a year, threatening education for 4.5 million children in Yemen
AMMAN, 18 October 2017 - “More than two and a half years of renewed conflict in Yemen have once again put the education of 4.5 million children on the line, adding to the long list of bitter hardships that children have endured. Three quarters of teachers have not received their salaries in nearly a year, and the violence has forced one in ten schools across the country to close.

More than 180 million people lack basic drinking water in countries ravaged by conflict or unrest - UNICEF
NEW YORK/STOCKHOLM, 29 August 2017 – More than 180 million people do not have access to basic drinking water in countries affected by conflict, violence and instability* around the world, UNICEF warned today, as World Water Week gets under way.

Spread of acute watery diarrhoea and suspected cholera slows in Yemen amid unprecedented response efforts from unsung local heroes
AMMAN/SANA’A, 28 August, 2017 – The Yemeni people continue to be hit by an unprecedented and mostly man-made humanitarian crisis. Amid the suffering, ordinary Yemenis are leading a heroic daily fight against acute watery diarrhoea and cholera which is now paying off.

UNICEF thanks the State of Kuwait for its support to Yemen’s children
AMMAN, 24 July 2017 – As the humanitarian crisis in Yemen deepens and with no end in sight, UNICEF welcomes the latest contribution of over US$2 million from the State of Kuwait to support children affected by the acute watery diarrhoea /cholera outbreak.

Children paying a disproportionate price as famine looms across Somalia, South Sudan, north-east Nigeria and Yemen
WASHINGTON D.C., 18 July 2017 – This is a summary of a prepared statement by Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director – to whom quoted text may be attributed – today to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutional Economic, Energy and Environmental Policy.

UNICEF airlifts lifesaving supplies to Yemen to combat cholera as cases surpass 200,000
SANA’A, 28 June 2017 –Three UNICEF charter planes have delivered 36 tons of lifesaving medical and water purification supplies to Yemen to scale up efforts to combat the world’s worst cholera outbreak.

Statement from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on the cholera outbreak in Yemen as suspected cases exceed 200,000
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 June 2017 – “The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world.
 

UNICEF statement on Saudi contribution to Yemen cholera response
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 23 June 2017 – “UNICEF welcomes the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s announcement of a contribution to the cholera response in Yemen by WHO and UNICEF.

Crisis ‘far from over’ as malnutrition, thirst and disease threaten lives of millions of children in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen
NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 23 June 2017 – The welcome announcement of an end to famine conditions in South Sudan this week should not distract from the fact that severe food insecurity continues to put the lives of millions of children at risk in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF warned today.


 

 

 

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