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 miserable.
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 north suffer from malaria, diarrhoea and other illnesses and overall half of all children in Yemen suffer from malnutrition. 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 late. The 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.
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