At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured during fighting in Yemen over the past week, according to Unicef. The fighting is severely damaging basic health services and education, while violence and displacement are leaving children terrified.
“Children are in desperate need of protection, and all parties to the conflict should do all in their power to keep children safe,” said Julien Harneis, Unicef Yemen Representative speaking from Amman.
The current escalation in violence and the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation is exacerbating already precarious conditions for children in the country, with widespread food insecurity, severe acute malnutrition and increased rates of child recruitment.
Unicef, with national and international partners, continues to work to provide essential water, sanitation and health supplies, as well as vaccinations, nutrition, education, psychosocial and mine awareness programmes to affected children.
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