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UNICEF: 2m Yemen children are out of school

Yemeni children who were affected by the ongoing war carry free lunch meal they received from a charity food distribution center on November 03, 2018 in Sana’a, Yemen. [Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images]
Yemeni children carry their lunch meal given by a charity in Sana’a, Yemen on 3 November 2018 [Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images]

As many as two million Yemeni children are out of school and have "very limited" opportunity to return to education, UNICEF warned yesterday.

In a tweet, the international children's protection body said that one in five schools have been damaged, destroyed or used as shelters or for military purposes in Yemen.

The international organisation announced that the European Union had pledged an additional €10 million to support UNICEF's humanitarian response in Yemen including nutrition, water and sanitation projects throughout the country.

The United Nations has launched a humanitarian appeal to donor countries and institutions to raise $542 million to meet Yemen's humanitarian needs for 2019.

READ: Survivors of Yemen school bus air strike return to class

For more than four years, Yemen has been wrecked by a devastating war between government forces and Houthi militants.

According to the UN, half of Yemen's population, or nearly 14 million people, face imminent famine, with more than 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid.

Yemeni children affected by the Saudi-coalition war - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Yemeni children affected by the Saudi-coalition war – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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