Humanity has failed in Yemen.
“While the Saudi-led military coalition has partially lifted the recent blockade of Yemen, closure of much of the country’s air, sea and land ports is making an already catastrophic situation far worse. Space and access we need to deliver humanitarian assistance are being choked off, threatening the lives of millions of vulnerable children and families.
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The conflict in Yemen has taken a devastating toll, particularly on the most vulnerable members of society: children.
Even before the outbreak of conflict in March 2015, Yemen faced challenges from widespread poverty, food insecurity and lack of health services.
But now, more than 20 million people – over 70 percent of the population – are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. The country’s infrastructure has been destroyed and its health services crippled.
More than 5,000 civilians have been killed and nearly seven million people do not know where their next meal will come from. Almost 400,000 children are at risk of death from severe acute malnutrition. Even after the conflict ends, the effects of malnutrition – stunted growth and delayed cognitive development – may linger. In the worst cases, it is fatal.
The number of out-of-school children – already high before the conflict – has ballooned. Millions of children have been affected by school closures. Education for these children cannot wait.
The country’s water and sanitation infrastructure has also been ravaged, posing serious health risks. Restrictions on the importation of fuel have disrupted the delivery of water to millions of people in one of the most water-scarce countries on Earth. Fuel shortages have also curtailed access to health care, as hospitals are unable to power the generators they need to function.
On 6 October 2016, health authorities in Yemen confirmed a cholera outbreak, posing a major health risk to the population – especially children – given the crumbling health system in the country. As of 30 September, 771,945 suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) / cholera had been reported in 22 of 23 governorates, 96 percent of Yemen’s 333 districts are affected.