Child Sponsor Yemen
Yemen with its population of twenty million is located at the
southern end of the Arabian Peninsula with Saudi Arabia to its
north, Oman to its east and the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and the
Arabian Sea providing its coastal borders. It is the poorest
country in the Arab world and has been in conflict since 2004 as a
result of the unification of North and South Yemen in 1994.
Yemen is in 154th
place out of 187 countries and territories in 2011 when ranked in
terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the
living standards of a country with a life expectancy of 65.5yrs
however life there for children in particular is frankly
The long term conflict in
the country has affected most of them and many have had their
homes destroyed. Children aged 15yrs or younger make up nearly
half of Yemen's population and many children in the northsuffer from malaria, diarrhoea and other illnesses
and overall half of all children in Yemen suffer from
On a daily basis aircraft and drones fly overhead as the
Yemeni and US governments carry out airstrikes against
suspected al-Qaeda operatives, allegedly killing more civilians,
including children, than militants.
Over a third of children
in Yemen live in poverty and only just over half have access
to safe water supplies, with those supplies expected to run
dry within five years. School enrolment is the lowest in the
Arab world although there have been slight improvement of
situation for girls in Yemen is even more worrying as they
traditionally marry very young with fifteen being the normal
marrying age, although some girls as young as eight have been
married. Clearly this leaves them open to exploitation. As a result of decades of conflict there are over half a
million displaced people within Yemen and a further 180,000
Somalian refugees resident there.
You can help when you sponsor a child in Yemen.
If you work with children in Yemen tell us about your work here.