UNICEF water interventions make a difference in the lives of children in rural areas of Yemen
Due to the ongoing conflict, water and sanitation infrastructures have collapsed in Yemen, leaving more than 16 million people in urgent need of water and sanitation assistance. Every day, UNICEF works hard to provide affected populations with access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, particularly in rural areas where children and their families are being deprived of quality WASH services.
The brutal war on children in Yemen continues unabated Across Yemen, 1.2 million children face active conflict every day
Solar-power brings water to vulnerable children and their families in Sa’ada
Even before the current conflict broke out four years ago, Yemen was one of the world’s most water-scarce countries. The conflict has had devastating consequences on the already weak water and sanitation infrastructures, putting more than 16 million people, including 8 million children in urgent need of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) assistance. In Sa’ada, the situation is particularly dire and takes a heavy toll on the health of its inhabitants. This area is severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict and the population is suffering from water scarcity, poor infrastructures and limited or inexistent access to most basic services.
UNICEF scales up WASH interventions for children affected by natural disasters in Al-Mahara governorate
2019 Humanitarian Action for Children: Yemen
The conflict-driven humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been described as the largest emergency in the world, with more than 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Conflict has led to the internal displacement of 2.2 million people, left over 1 million public sector workers without pay for two years and undermined humanitarian access. An estimated 12 million Yemenis, including 2 million children, will be dependent on food assistance in 2019.