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Birth registration can facilitate family tracing in case of separation due to conflict

UNICEF Yemen/2016/Soraya Abu Monassar
© UNICEF Yemen/2016/Soraya Abu Monassar

By Soraya Abu Monassar, Sana’a Al Qadima, Bab Al Sabah, UNICEF Yemen

Sana’a, Yemen, 16 August 2016 - It’s a hot morning in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, children and families wake up after yet another difficult night due to the ongoing conflict. Yet, with a smile they are ready to cope with the hard reality of everyday in Yemen. “Today we will get birth certificates for our children” – says a mother of four in the Muhammasheen community of Sana’a Al Qadima. “Especially in this difficult situation we are living in, this piece of documentation becomes more vital. It can help trace our family members in case we get accidentally separated from our children during bombing”.

In August 2016, 6,503 marginalized, displaced and conflict affected children (3,207 girls, 3,296 boys) were reached through outreach birth registration teams in eight districts of Amanat Al Asimah governorate, thanks to a joint effort with the social protection sector.

More birth registration initiatives are to start in September as part of the Back to School campaign led by UNICEF, and in parallel with school registration, in several governorates across Yemen.



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