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Children in Yemen continue to pay heavy price of conflict

UNICEF Yemen/2017


It was at 6am on 9 May 2017 when life for the Al-Kubati family was turned upside down. The night before, 15-year-old Aswan went to bed with her long to-do list for the following day – that includes helping her mother with housekeeping work. More and beyond, Aswan was thinking of how to outsmart her peers in the village and become the doctor she has always wanted to be. The village school is far and the road is rocky – but not for young and active Aswan who used to climb the mountain many times a day while helping her mother or going back and forth to school.

Rapid response gives a family a lease of life in Yemen amidst conflict

UNICEF Yemen/2017/ACF


The death of Sahar’s husband made her the only breadwinner for the family. Sahar, from the north-western Yemeni governorate of Hajja is 40 years old and responsible for her six children since last year. Amidst the intensifying conflict in Yemen, Sahar and her children had no choice but to run for their lives.

“We had to move because the conflict was getting closer and closer to our district and we felt unsafe,” says Sahar.

“One night when my children and I were sleeping, there was a big explosion near our home. The sound was so terrifying and very close to us. It was at that time that I became more determined to save our lives. I collected some of my belongings and we had to leave but we did not know where to go next,” says Sahar.

YEMEN Environmental and Social Management Framework

YEMEN Environmental and Social Management Framework



Yemen is currently battling one of its worst cholera/Acute Watery Diarrhoea outbreaks, adding to the devastation and suffering caused by the ongoing conflict.

UNICEF with support of different donors including the World Bank is responding to the needs of the affected communities in most of the high risk districts through the provision of safe water and sanitation services. Furthermore, UNICEF in partnership with World Bank is expanding the Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) programme, including the rehabilitation of water systems to strengthen the prevention of water borne diseases. The Environmental and Social Management Framework is created to ensure that WASH interventions implemented under the World Bank-UNICEF partnership do not create any negative environmental and social impact on the Yemeni people. Available in English and Arabic.

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