Yemen: A Waking Nightmare for Children

It’s almost six years since the conflict began, but Yemen remains the most dangerous place in the world to be a child. Every day, children in Yemen are battling to simply survive.

Over 12 million children are already in need of humanitarian assistance. 400,000 children are severely malnourished. If the food and medicine they need doesn’t arrive, these children will likely die.

Six years of war has turned millions of childhoods into a waking nightmare. Malnutrition, disease, conflict, displacement, injury and even death are daily trials for Yemen’s children.

The situation for children in Yemen has never been more dire and now COVID-19 is furthering their devastation.


4-month-old Ghofran being treated for acute malnutrition at UNICEF-supported Al-Sabeen Hospital in Sana’a, Yemen. Haleem/Yemen/2020

Become a Global Parent and Help Save Children Like Rawabi

Rawabi is suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Seven months old, she should be learning to sit up on her own, even starting to crawl. She should have started to see colours and to know the sound of her own name.

But Rawabi is doing none of this. Instead she is in hospital in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a. Too small for her age, she is too thin and weak with hunger.

The doctor puts a malnutrition tape around her arm. The reading is red. It is the worst possible news. Rawabi is severely acutely malnourished.  She could die without treatment.

Her father Ahmed is heartbroken. As he looks around the hospital ward, he sees children even sicker than Rawabi. Witnessing children clinging to life, he wonders, will Rawabi be next?

‘My daughter was two months old, when she started getting sick,’ he tells the doctor. ‘We tried to treat her at home. I work as a driver, but the wars affected our livelihood. We could not afford the hospital treatment.’

This is a common story in Yemen. Today, half of all Yemeni children like Rawabi are struggling to find enough food to survive.

To make things worse, Yemen’s health system is on the brink of collapse. It is unable to properly help the 10 million children who need care, children like Rawabi.

Every 10 minutes, another child is dying in Yemen and the real tragedy is that they are dying for reasons that are completely preventable

But you can help.

By becoming a monthly donor with UNICEF Ireland, you can send vital supplies, like food, clean water and medicine to children like Rawabi in Yemen.

You will help give emergency therapeutic food so severely malnourished children like Rawabi can continue their treatment.

You can provide soap and clean water to protect children and families from illness.

You can help give vital medicines, like antibiotics, to help save children who cannot access a doctor or hospital.

More than anything, you will stand with children in these dark times, and give them hope for a better life, now and in the future.




Rawabi being measured to see just how malnourished she is. Rawabi is now recieving treatment, but more than 12 million other children in Yemen need help today. Haleem/Yemen/2020

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Please donate whatever you can today and help make a real difference in children’s lives.

How Does UNICEF Help Children?

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories across the world, helping millions of children every day. We make sure more of the world’s children are fed, vaccinated, and protected than any other organisation.

Even in war torn countries like Yemen and Syria, we have teams on the ground making sure that children get the help they need – no matter what.

UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary donations and rely on the kindness of people like you to fond our life saving work for children.

So please become a Global Parent today and give the most vulnerable children in the world your support.

How Your Donation Can Help Children:

  • With €15 a month, you can provide 18 children with clean safe drinking water, protecting them from disease.
  • With €21 a month, you can supply enough peanut paste to treat 24 dangerously malnourished children.
  • With €30 a month, you can provide enough vaccines to protect 36 children from preventable diseases like measles, polio and cholera.

Why Become a Monthly Donor

At UNICEF we work to ensure that children are protected from disease, war, famine and danger. With your monthly support, we can work to deliver long-term aid strategies, which will make a lasting difference to the lives of children and their families.