Humanitarian Crisis Threatens Yemeni Children’s Future

The war that has raged for six years leaves Yemani children in endangered situation. Food crisis has threatened 12 million Yemeni children.

IDP children in Ablas City, Hamdan District, Sana’a Governorate, carrying the staple packages from Aksi Cepat Tanggap. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, HAMDAN - Children suffered the most in the Yemeni War. As cited from TRT World, the United Nations estimates that more than 400 thousand children under five in Yemen face acute malnutrition. Reliefweb recorded that 2.2 million Yemeni children living in 75 districts that were not accessible to humanitarian assistance face food shortages.

UNICEF further reported that the war in Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world with more than 24 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 12 million children.

Andi Noor Faradiba from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT team said, from the benefactors, ACT continues its efforts to reduce the food crisis in Yemen. Last January, in collaboration with Kitabisa, staple food packages were distributed to a number of families in Ablas City, Hamdan District, Sanaa Governorate, Yemen.

More than 12 million Yemeni children face food crisis. (ACTNews)

"Our food packages are intended for internally displaced people. The effects of the war devastated and paralyzed the economy,” Faradiba said. Women have to be the breadwinner for their families. Therefore, continued Faradiba, food packages were prioritized for mothers and children.

"The majority of the target families were the poorest families who have children suffering from acute malnutrition," said Faradiba.

Millions of Yemenis were displaced from their homes and evacuated to safer places. In their new abode, they have no jobs. They now have to rely entirely on humanitarian assistance.

UNICEF added, Yemeni children are being killed or maimed by war. UNICEF further stated that “the damage and closure of schools and hospitals has disrupted access to education and health services, leaving children even more vulnerable and robbing them of their futures.” []