Born into war

1,000 days of lost childhood in Yemen

Baby in an incubator
UNICEF/Yemen/2018/Fuad

Highlights

More than 3 million children have been born in Yemen since the escalation in violence in March 2015 

An entire generation of children in Yemen is growing up knowing nothing but violence. 

According to the report: 

• More than 5,000 children have been killed or injured in the violence – an average of five children every day since March 2015.


• More than 11 million children now need humanitarian assistance – nearly every child in Yemen.


• More than half of the country’s children don’t have access to safe drinking water or adequate sanitation. 


• An estimated 1.8 million children are acutely malnourished, including nearly 400,000 severe acutely malnourished children who are fighting for their lives. 


• Nearly 2 million children are out of school, including almost half a million who dropped out since the conflict escalated in March 2015. 


• Suspected cholera and acute watery diarrhea have affected over 1 million people, with children under 5 years old accounting for a quarter of all cases. 


• Three-quarters of all girls are married before the age of 18.


• Health workers and teachers have been only partially paid for over a year, affecting education for 4.5 million children. Less than half of health facilities are fully functional.


• At the end of September 2017, 256 schools were reported totally destroyed, 150 schools were occupied by displaced people, and 23 by armed groups.

Screenshot of the report with a child on the cover

Author

UNICEF Yemen

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Arabic

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