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Child Alert: Yemen: Childhood Under Threat

Child Alert: Yemen: Childhood Under Threat

Author: UNICEF
Price: Free
No. of pages: 14
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: UNICEF
Languages: English

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Child Alert is a briefing series that presents the core challenges for children in a given crisis location at a given time. This issue focuses on Yemen, where the conflict is exacting a huge toll on the country’s children.

Yemen is one of the most terrifying places in the world to be a child. Children are bearing the brunt of a brutal armed conflict which escalated in March this year and shows no sign of a resolution. Scores of children are dying every month, while those who survive live in constant fear of being killed. Since the escalation of fighting basic services that children depend on have been decimated. Food, medicine and water are all in short supply. Nearly 10 million children – 80 per cent of the country’s under-18 population – need urgent humanitarian assistance. More than 1.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes. Children killed by bullets and bombs can be counted, but countless more risk death from malnutrition or otherwise preventable diseases as essential social services fail.



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