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In Yemen, children’s education devastated after three years of escalating conflict

UNICEF Yemen/2018/Faud


Nearly half a million children have dropped out of school since the 2015 escalation of conflict in Yemen, bringing the total number of out-of-school children to 2 million, according to a UNICEF assessment released today. Meanwhile, almost three quarters of public school teachers have not been paid their salaries in over a year, putting the education of an additional 4.5 million children at grave risk.

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The struggles of a teacher amidst conflict in Yemen

UNICEF Yemen/2018


Since October 2016 most public school teachers in Yemen have not received their salaries. If things do not improve soon classrooms in Yemeni schools may have to do without teachers.

“I stopped sending my own two kids to school, so I could save up and make some money. We cannot make a living any longer without our salary,” says Khalid Al Basir. The shocking revelation comes from a grade 2 teacher of Arabic at Al Wahda School on the outskirt of Ibb city.

Born into war - 1,000 days of lost childhood

Born into war - 1,000 days of lost childhood



More than 3 million children were born in Yemen since the escalation in violence in March 2015 according to a UNICEF report. Born into War details how children in Yemen have been scarred by years of violence, displacement, disease, poverty, undernutrition and a lack of access to basic services including water, health care and education.

The report calls on all parties to the conflict, those with influence on them and the global community to prioritise the protection of children in Yemen.

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