On 23 April, a boy holds a large piece of exploded artillery shell, which landed in the area during a blast, in the village of Al Mahjar, a suburb of Sana’a, the capital. Another boy stands nearby.

By 12 May 2015 in Yemen, escalating conflict continued to exact a heavy toll on children and their families. Some 300,000 people have been internally displaced. Casualties have reached 1,527, including 115 children, and 6,266 people have been injured, including 172 children. Prior to the current crisis, 15.9 million people – including 7.9 million children – were already in need of humanitarian assistance. Despite the challenging operating conditions, UNICEF is scaling up its humanitarian response, including in the areas of nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health, child protection and education. Support since the start of the current conflict has included providing access to clean water to 604,360 people and access to antenatal, delivery and postnatal care to 3,386 pregnant women; distributing hygiene kits to 16,662 families; and sharing educational messaging on health, hygiene and protection to 38,000 people. UNICEF has appealed for US$88.1 million to cover these and other responses through December 2015; 87 per cent remains unfunded to date.

Yemen’s children on the brink as country risks becoming a failed state


SANA’A/AMMAN/ HONG KONG, 29 March 2016 – A brutal conflict and a fast-deteriorating humanitarian situation are devastating the lives of millions of children in Yemen and have brought the country to the point of collapse. A UNICEF report “Children on the Brink” highlights the heavy toll that the violence in Yemen is having on children and the deterioration in an already precarious humanitarian situation.

UNICEF verified more than 1,560 incidents of grave violations again children in Yemen. As a result, over 900 children were killed and more than 1,300 were injured in the past year alone. On average, at least six children have been killed or injured every day. These numbers are almost seven times higher than the whole of 2014. With more than 50 verified attacks on schools, children were also killed while at school or on their way to or from school. These numbers represent the tip of the iceberg as they only indicate the cases that UNICEF was able to verify.

In October 2015, Rafik is pictured playing football with one leg t Al Zubairi school in Sana’a. He lost his other leg while playing football in Sa’ada. A bomb fell close by injuring him and killing his best friend 8 years ago. School buildings at the Al Zubairi school in Sana’a being used to take shelter by 34 displaced families fleeing from Sa’ada.  This game is organised by UNICEF as part of its child friendly space programme.

In Yemen, a young Messi from Sana’a


SANA’A, Yemen/ HONG KONG, 25 January 2016 – Few people may be be aware that superstar Lionel Messi, born and raised in central Argentina, was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child. At age 13, he relocated to Spain to join FC Barcelona, who agreed to pay for his medical treatment. A star was born, and the rest, they say, is history.

School buildings at the Al Zubairi school in Sana’a being used by 34 displaced families from Sa’ada. These families fled because of the intense fighting in the city.

In Yemen, a classroom called home


IBB, Yemen/ HONG KONG, 18 January 2016 – For 37-year-old Mariyam, survival is a daily challenge. The days pass slowly, but it’s the evenings when pain and panic grip her. Her 13 children look to her for food, but there is none to offer. Her husband manages to bring back some leftovers from restaurants, but even that is not enough to feed 13 growing children. The meal lasts less than a minute, as all the children quickly swallow whatever they can get their hands on. Mariyam and her husband can only watch their children in despair.