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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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Coping with the horrors of the conflict in Yemen

UNICEF Yemen/2018


12-year old Mohammed lives with his parents and two siblings in Hajjah city. He is in 4th grade. An airstrike hit a gas station right next to his home during the night and awakened the whole family. The strong sound of explosion scared the whole family but Mohammed was the most impacted.

Out of fear, Mohammed started developed a urinating disorder which particularly during the night and also developed a speaking difficulty. He started showing signs of severe distress causing him to stay alone and avoid playing with his peers.

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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