She’ll Bear the Scars Forever
Eight-year-old Razan* will bear the scars of Yemen’s civil war forever. She was hit by a big piece of flying shrapnel as she ran from shelling during an air strike in Hodeidah. She sustained terrible injuries to her left eye.
She suffered at home in intense pain for 5 days because her family couldn’t get her to a hospital that could treat her eye. Her eye got so bad that she completely lost her sight.
Falling bombs are making even short journeys nearly impossible.
Razan’s family was finally able to find someone to take her to the hospital, where a member of the Save the Children team referred her for emergency surgery. She was then sent to a private hospital in Sana’a. We don’t know if she will regain her sight.
Across Yemen, children like Razan need your help. They need properly equipped hospitals, medicines and doctors and nurses to help them recover from what they’ve been through.
Save the Children is on the ground, delivering critical help to children and, right now, we are ramping up our response to do even more. But we need your support today.
*Name changed to protect identity.
Stories From the Field
Our team on the ground are working day and night to help children caught in the Yemen conflict.
Humanitarian team member Hassan Basha reports from the field:
“Yemen is a perfect storm of humanitarian, protection and economic crises. The fighting has had a devastating impact across the country; the level of destruction brought upon infrastructure, houses, hospitals, schools, and other public services have sent the country back decades in time.
In Yemen, children’s bodies are pulled from the rubble of bombed-out buildings. One moment they are running around, playing at a wedding. The next moment they are lying in hospitals soaked in blood, missing a limb, or missing their families.
In Yemen, children are trapped inside their houses, caught in cross-fire, or traumatized by bombs, landmines, and bullets.
In Yemen, a bus full of children gets hit by an airstrike and it is deemed a ‘legitimate target’.”