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  • Total population: 27.5 million 

  • Total population under 18: 12.9 million

  • Children affected by conflict: Four million

  • Number of War Child projects in 2017: One

  • Number of implementing partner organisations: One

  • Number of partners providing funding: One

  • Total participants: 15,659

Why We’re There

The civil war inside Yemen has escalated over the past two years - from an internal conflict between government forces and Houthi rebels into a war between competing regional powers. Yemeni citizens are exposed to both terrorist attacks by Islamic State and continued air strikes from Saudi-led coalition forces.

The ongoing conflict has left more than 21 million people - some 80 per cent of the population - in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Millions of people are vulnerable - not only as a consequence of fighting but also due to the lack of food and healthcare.

The children of Yemen have suffered most as a result of the conflict. Some 4,000 civilians have died as a direct result of the conflict to date - including more than 1,300 children. The near collapse of public services has left an estimated two million children out of school, according to UN figures. Outbreaks of Cholera and Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) have contributed to this dire humanitarian situation.

What We Do

War Child is one of six aid organisations participating in the international Yemen Joint Response. The initiative - coordinated by the Dutch Relief Alliance - sees the six organisations work together to deliver emergency humanitarian assistance inside Yemen. Humanitarian access inside Yemen remains extremely constrained and the delivery of basic services is limited.

The Joint Response initiative allows the organisations to address these challenges and provide rapid humanitarian assistance to address urgent protection and health needs.

War Child Holland also continues to support the work of War Child UK in providing protection and emergency food supplies to displaced and vulnerable children.

Our Projects

Yemen Joint Response 3:

War Child - as part of its membership of the Dutch Relief Alliance - participated in this humanitarian relief programme to assist Internally Displaced Persons affected by the conflict, people unable to leave their homes due to sickness or infirmity and vulnerable host communities.