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Yemen War

Save Yemen's Children

A Yemeni child dies every 10 minutes. Three years of war have shattered a beautiful nation and driven millions of its people to the brink of famine. The reality is heart-breaking:

  • 11 million Yemeni children survive on humanitarian assistance, and as many as 400,000 suffer from severe acute malnutrition;
  • Over a million people, the majority of them children, have contracted cholera in the worst recorded outbreak in modern history -- a medical crisis made worse by a dire shortage of clean water;
  • 2 million children are currently out of school, with millions more at risk of losing their access to learning.
Avaaz interviewed dozens of children across Yemen to ask them about their lives and offer them the chance to share their messages with the world leaders deciding the fate of their country (notably US Senators who are now deciding whether to withdraw military forces from the conflict). Here's what those beautiful kids had to say:

In 2015, after Houthi rebels stormed across much of the country, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates responded with a crippling blockade and bombing campaign across Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition, supported by the US and UK, weaponized aid in an effort to get the upperhand in the conflict, but it’s just made things worse in a war where all sides are committing horrible crimes. The UN has placed all the parties in the conflict, including the Saudi-led coalition, on its blacklist for committing atrocity crimes.

As a community we've campaigned to block arms sales to the Saudis as long as the war continues and we've raised funds to make sure we can help smuggle the truth out from behind the child-killing blockade:

End the Arms Deals

Over 700,000 of us have already joined the call to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia! A victory in the EU gives us the momentum we need to take the call to London and Washington.

A Lifeline for Yemen

Chip in to support journalists reporting from the ground in Yemen and to pressure donor countries to get more aid into the country.

Pictures are powerful. Our community is working with the best photographers in the country to tell the story of this war. These striking, devastating photographs are being exhibited in person for lawmakers in the US and Europe so they know the cost of the conflict they are supporting.

The Jahmila neighborhood of Taiz, Yemen’s cultural capital, after years of bombings and fighting.
TAIZ, YEMEN. November 26, 2017. (Photo by Ahmed Basha)

A severely malnourished child in the emergency ward of a hospital in Sana’a.
SANA’A, YEMEN. November 15, 2017. (Photo by Yahya Arhad/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

A civilian shot by a sniper waits to be evacuated by the Red Crescent.
ADEN, YEMEN. August 8, 2015 (Photo by Ammar Bamatraf)

A man carries boxes of supplies over the mountains to bypass the siege of Taiz.
TAIZ, YEMEN. January, 17, 2016. (Photo by Ahmed Basha)

Facing the worst cholera outbreak in modern history, girls walk for miles to find clean water.
LAHIJ, YEMEN. March 19, 2017. (Photo by Ammar Bamatraf)

Al-Qatee Residential District after coalition airstrikes.
KRAYTAR, YEMEN. August 1, 2015. (Photo by Ammar Bamatraf)

A man mourns for his brother.
TAIZ, YEMEN. September 14, 2016.

A child in Sana’a.
SANA’A, YEMEN. June 13, 2016. (Photo by Dia Aladimi)

Displaced father with child.
TAIZ, YEMEN. April 18, 2017. (Photo by Ahmed Basha)

A student at the Aal Okab school stands in the ruins of one of his former classrooms, which was destroyed in June 2015.
SAADA CITY, YEMEN. April 24, 2017 (Photo by Giles Clarke, UN OCHA / Getty Images)

Mother and injured son
A mother holds her injured son as they wait for a Red Crescent evacuation.
ADEN, YEMEN. August 8, 2015. (Photo by Ammar Bamatraf)

Suffering from severe malnutrition Batool Ali, age 6, stands on a hospital bed.
SAADA CITY, YEMEN. April 24, 2017 (Photo by Giles Clarke, UN OCHA / Getty Images)

Oil pipelines after an attack.
ADEN, YEMEN. January 14, 2016 (Photo by Ammar Bamatraf)

A young boy, “Farid”, dies on the operating table after shelling in his neighborhood.
TAIZ, YEMEN. October 13, 2016. (Photo by Ahmed Basha)

February 28th, 2018

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