Why education is emergency aid for displaced children

War violates the rights of all children – the right to a life, the right to be with family, the right to health, the right to personal development and the right to protection. Displaced children are a highly vulnerable group, and therefore education should have just as high a priority in crisis situations as food, shelter and medical assistance. Why education is the key to a better future for displaced children When they flee their homes and arrive at a refugee camp, children experience a chao

Teaching on an empty stomach

Rahma, 32, teaches Arabic at the Yemen Al-Mustaqbal School in Sana’a’s Bani Al-Harith district. She has been a teacher for the last seven years. Her original salary was modest but allowed her to cover daily needs and rent a home with her husband and ten-year-old son Mohammed. Then, three years ago, everything changed. Rahma, together with thousands of other teachers and civil servants, had her salary stopped because of the conflict between the authorities in the north and the internationally re

Fleeing into the dark

Saleh and his eight children were forced to flee their small village in the Kushar district of western Yemen a few months ago. Saleh used to work as a labourer in his village and sheep herding was a main source of income for the family. Before the war in Yemen reached Kushar, he and his family were safe and lived a normal life despite experiencing economic hardship. “Before the conflict we could afford to buy food. We were happy. We lived safely in our village and could cover our daily needs,”

'Disturbing' graffiti appears outside Plymouth train station

Graffiti appearing to raise awareness of growing controversies surrounding the crippling civil war in Yemen has suddenly appeared on the approach to Plymouth train station. Plymouth Live has been contacted by a number of passers-by who say the artwork, which spells out; 'Yemen, we make bombs and sell em' has appeared near the entrance of the railway building. Some say the political message - seemingly a reference to UK and US involvement in firearms deals funding the brutal conflict - is 'real

This Child Was Treated For Malnutrition. Months Later, He Might Still Die.

"There is no hope,” one aid worker in Yemen told BuzzFeed News. In the 13 months since he was born, Nusair has twice almost died from a lack of food. In August he recovered from severe acute malnutrition, but after his family was forced to flee fresh violence in Yemen in October, he once again had to fight for his life. Nusair’s story is terrifyingly typical for families in Yemen, where 85,000 children aged under 5 are thought to have starved to death in almost four years of civil war. The conf

'A million more' Yemen children face famine

A further one million children are at risk of famine in Yemen, the charity Save the Children has warned. Rising food prices and the falling value of the country's currency as a result of a civil war are putting more families at risk of food insecurity. But another threat comes from fighting around the key port city of Hudaydah, which is the principal lifeline for almost two-thirds of the population. Save the Children says a total of 5.2 million children now face famine. Yemen has been devast

Three thousand children on average are being displaced from Hodeidah every day - Yemen

The exodus could cause a devastating ripple effect throughout Yemen Eight-year-old Razan* was badly injured after shrapnel hit her left eye as she tried to leave Hodeidah A fresh wave of violence that's seen bombing escalate and deadly clashes erupt south of Hodeidah City is putting the lives of thousands of children in extreme danger, Save the Children is warning. Even before the latest increase in violence, an average of 6,238 people-half of whom are children-were fleeing Hodeidah Governora

No Justice, No Peace for Yemeni Children | Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 21 2017 (IPS) - Human rights groups are urging the UN Secretary-General to include the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) in a child rights’ “shame list” after documenting grave violations against children. Save the Children and the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict have documented at least 23 SLC airstrikes which injured or killed children, prompting an urgent call for the UN to help protect children caught in the midst of the deadly two year-long conflict. “Everywhere you

One child infected every 35 seconds in Yemen cholera crisis

The infectious disease has now killed nearly 1,000 people, even though it is easily treatable A mother and baby at a hospital in Sanaa, where aid agencies say one child is affected by cholera every 35 seconds (Mohammed Awadh/Save the Children) In Yemen, cholera is spreading so quickly that one child is infected nearly every 35 seconds, according to Save the Children. The infectious disease, which is spread via contaminated food and water, can prove fatal if not treated quickly, and is already

'I'm dying, Daddy': Iman was playing in the garden when the airstrike hit

Many Australians may not know where Yemen is, let alone realise the conflict in Yemen is the world's worst humanitarian emergency. I have been working in Yemen for more than a year and have seen first-hand the devastation facing millions of people — many of them children. The equivalent of Australia's entire population is in desperate need of emergency aid in Yemen, in a civil war that's been raging for close to four years now. In March 2015, a long-running political crisis between the Ansara

Huge malnutrition toll on Yemen children

An estimated 85,000 children under the age of five may have died from acute malnutrition in three years of war in Yemen, a leading charity says. The number is equivalent to the entire under-five population in the UK's second largest city of Birmingham, Save the Children adds. The UN warned last month that up to 14m Yemenis are on the brink of famine. It is trying to revive talks to end a three-year war which has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Yemen has been devastated by the c

Almost 85,000 children under five may have starved to death in Yemen

As many as 85,000 children have starved to death in Yemen, according to Save the Children with the charity warning that up to 14 million people are at risk of famine if a ruinous war does not end soon. Since 2015, when the fighting first broke out the group has estimated that at least 84,700 children under the age of five may have died from malnutrition. That is the equivalent of every child in Birmingham, Britain’s second biggest city, the group added. The devastating statistic came as fighti

Yemen crisis: 85,000 children 'dead from malnutrition'

An estimated 85,000 children under the age of five may have died from acute malnutrition in three years of war in Yemen, a leading charity says. The number is equivalent to the entire under-five population in the UK’s second largest city of Birmingham, Save the Children adds. The UN warned last month that up to 14m Yemenis are on the brink of famine. It is trying to revive talks to end a three-year war which has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Yemen has been devastated by the c

Almost 85,000 children under five may have starved to death in Yemen

As many as 85,000 children have starved to death in Yemen, according to Save the Children with the charity warning that up to 14 million people are at risk of famine if a ruinous war does not end soon. Since 2015, when the fighting first broke out the group has estimated that at least 84,700 children under the age of five may have died from malnutrition. That is the equivalent of every child in Birmingham, Britain’s second biggest city, the group added. The devastating statistic came as fighti

Yemen: Mental Health of Children at Risk Warns Save the Children

12-year-old *Khaled was on his way to a picnic when a deadly airstrike hit his school bus, killing 40 children in northern Saada province, Yemen, on August 9. Not only was he badly injured in the attack, putting him in a wheelchair since, the horrifying experience has also left him feeling anguished and numb. Khaled told Save the Children: “We were happy, we were going to [play]. When we reached the market there were people there, and everything [was as usual]. Then there was firing. I couldn’t

Scientists race against time as Yemen's deadly cholera outbreak spirals

As Yemen’s cholera outbreak gathers pace, an investigation is under way to determine whether a new and more deadly strain of the disease is responsible for a second wave of cases that hit the country last month. With more than 2,000 suspected cases reported daily, medical supplies are running low and in some hospitals beds are shared by up to six children. Scientists are urgently trying to identify the suspected new strain at specialist laboratories in France. Malnutrition, lack of clean water

Giving Birth in Air Strikes: The Life-Threatening Horrors of Pregnancy in Yemen

Horeh stands in front of windows destroyed in an airstrike with her son Fouad. Photo courtesy of Mohammed Awadh/Save the Children Horeh was five months pregnant with her second child when an airstrike destroyed her uncle's house in the Amran Governorate in western Yemen. "It was very loud," the 30 year old remembers. "The explosion was very close." Then she heard the screams of women in the neighborhood. "I heard my neighbors outside shouting that my family had been hit. My brothers came to

The children's lives torn apart by Yemen's devastating conflict

As MPs prepare to debate the worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the tragic suffering of some of the conflict's youngest victims has come to the fore. Two years since the civil war began, at least 1,546 children have been killed and 2,450 maimed. Nine-year-old Ali wears two hearing aids and barely speaks after an airstrike hit a building near his home in Sa’ada Governorate. The blast threw him from a window and he fell two stories, before landing on his neck. “Blood was coming out of Ali’
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