Starting a programme in Yemen

We call Yemen the forgotten war
War Child Yemen
Mona, our Yemen Response Manager, joined War Child in September 2016

Mona, War Child's Yemen Response Manager, tells us what it's like to start up a programme in a country where brutal conflict has killed 10,000 people and left millions more in extreme poverty.

When I first heard that we'd been granted registration for War Child to start work in Yemen, I was full of joy!

I couldn't believe it.

I'd spent months convincing the Yemeni government and security department to grant War Child access. 

There is resistance to international organisations and it's been a difficult process but we're finally here. 

We're the first INGO (International Non-Governmental Organisation) to be registered to work in Yemen since the war started. 

I'm Yemeni and the war has changed my life completely. My family and I were forced to flee our home 2 years ago, after our neighborhood was attacked and the local school was destroyed.

The family living next door were killed. 

It was no longer safe for us to stay and I haven't been home since. 


I've dedicated the last 7 years of my life to humanitarian aid, but the current situation is the worst I've ever seen. 

Schools have been shut for more than a year and the buildings are being used to shelter people who have lost their homes. 

There is a lack of food and families are struggling to feed their children. 

When i'm at work, I know exactly what our beneficiaries are going through and what it means to be an IDP (internally displaced person). 

When I see a child, I know the trauma that hurts them.

Over the next few weeks, we will be working with our local partners to distribute food vouchers to 615 families in desperate need. 

These vouchers will give families access to wheat, rice, oil, beans and sugar to feed them for 4 months. 

A key component of the programme will be to train community leaders and local government on child protection and child rights. 

We will also be able to identify the most vulnerable children and refer them to specialist care. 

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