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2008.01.01

* Yemen – Children face the future 
* 03분 28초
* 01-DEC-2007 
 
Yemen is an ancient land. In the capital Saana, the historic district speaks to the countries strong faith and traditions.

But to see the true nature of Yemen you need to head out into the countryside…where 80% of the population lives. 

It is a tough and uncompromising landscape…and a tough place to be born and to grow up.

With 53 percent of the nation’s children suffering from stunting, Yemen is a country with a serious under-nutrition crisis.

Stunting affects children physically, but it also robs children of mental capacity, handicapping their future and the nation’s potential.

SOUNDBITE (English) Aboudou Karimou Abjibade, UNICEF Representative: 
“The situation is very bad and we can really characterize it as silent emergency situation. Nobody is talking about it. It is not visible per se, when it comes to malnutrition when you see it is too late, that is the problem. When the children are severely malnourished, that is the last stage of the malnutrition status.” 

Children who are malnourished can be brought back to health, but a mind that is unfed can starve for a lifetime.

Yemen’s girls are often found here, rather than in school.

Two thirds of women in Yemen are illiterate and UNICEF is working with the government to get girls into school to get a full education. 

The training and recruitment of female teachers is bringing swift progression in some parts of Yemen.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Majeeda Ahmed Mohamed, Om Said School:
“Education is like light. If they send their girls to school, they will help their families, their community and the country.”

But many children in Yemen are forced to look for jobs, rather than an education. 

To support their families in the countryside they come to the cities to do adults work…

SOUNDBITE (Arabic): Mohammed Abdul Karim, 13 years-old: 
“I like this job, because I have learnt a skill. But, this job is dangerous for me because I am still young.”

But all too many end up on the street, tens of thousands of them are living this existence. 

The needs of Yemen’s children are great. 

SOUNDBITE (English) Aboudou Karimou Abjibade, UNICEF Representative: 
“We need to develop programs. We need to raise funds in collaboration with all the other partners to help Yemen achieve all these millennium development goals. Because Yemen is accountable, it has to report back to the international community on what it has done to achieve all of these MDGs.” 

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