Sana’a, 7 September, 2014 – As the conflict in Al-Jawf Governorate intensifies, UNICEF Yemen and partners are ensuring that vulnerable children have essential supplies and services. Hygiene kits have already been delivered to 1,213 vulnerable families, including IDPs in Al Motoon District.
“We need to make sure that the most vulnerable boys and girls are still cared for and have everything they need to get through this safely,” said Julien Harneis, UNICEF Yemen Representative.
UNICEF is working with partners on the ground to further assess the immediate needs of children as well as longer term needs where necessary. More hygiene kits, water filters and child protection support are being organized, while nutrition and education needs are being assessed. Mine risk awareness and psychosocial mobile support are due to start soon to help people avoid succumbing to even more difficult situations.
“Regardless of the cause of conflict, children on all sides are innocent and their rights must be protected” Julien Harneis added.
Over the past few months since the conflict began to spread to Al-Jawf, an estimated 8,000 people have been displaced.