When Ruba was born, frail and underweight, her mother, Fawzia, was already sick and malnourished. Fawzia's husband, Mastour, was struggling to make ends meet.
"My daughter's suffering started even before she was born."
The war in Yemen had just escalated, but the simmering conflict had already destroyed her family's livelihood. The chances of Ruba being born healthy and well were slim.
Yemen is one of the worst places in the world to be a child.
At the start of every day, 60% of the population doesn't know where their next meal is coming from. Moreover, only 45% of Yemen's health facilities are operational, and more than half of the country's children don't have access to safe drinking water.
This lead to a devastating cholera epidemic — one of the largest in modern history — affecting more than a million people last year.
While the conflict continues, Mastour says it is children like his young daughter who will continue to suffer.
"Ruba was born in a bad situation, and so far, she has never known comfort. Nothing is worse than becoming the father of a sick child, especially during the war."
UNICEF is on the ground, providing urgently needed food, water, medical support and shelter, but we cannot meet the needs of Yemen children without the help of supporters like you.
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