Yemen: Parenting in a war zone series

More than four years of armed conflict in Yemen have served to worsen the situation of women and children at birth within a country that was already the poorest in the Middle East and one of the world’s most impoverished even before the war escalated.

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UNICEF Yemen/2018/Baholis

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The conflict in Yemen has a mounting cost to the lives of mothers and newborns

More than four years of armed conflict in Yemen have served to worsen the situation of women and children at birth within a country that was already the poorest in the Middle East and one of the world’s most impoverished even before the war escalated early in 2015. For many, the conflict’s devastating toll on human life means that, as the world approaches the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), few have much to celebrate.

Today, Yemen’s brutal conflict continues to rob children of their right to life and, for the survivors, to the best healthcare possible. This includes prenatal and postnatal care for their mothers (CRC Article 24). One consequence of the war in Yemen is manifested as an evident attack on parenting.

Mothers and babies are amongst the most highly vulnerable in Yemen. Every two hours, one mother and six newborns die because of complications during pregnancy or birth.

The series includes the following:

  1. Crossroads at childbirth
  2. Children dying in their first days
  3. Yemen's war - how poverty undermines a generation
  4. Yemen's war and its crippling effect on healthcare
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UNICEF Yemen
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English, Arabic

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