What’s life like for children living through a conflict? A video series lets them tell you themselves.

By Sam Waterton

More than 24 million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance, half of them children. But how do some of these children feel about their lives? What have been the hardest moments? And the moments that have brought them joy, despite the chaos and devastation? UNICEF asked 14 children aged 5-18 years to talk more about growing up in Yemen – and their hopes and dreams for the future.

What moment changed your life?

It is a thing, not a moment. It is my prayer. When I pray, everything changes.

Aya, 10, from Taiz. 

What was your happiest moment?

The happiest moment was when mom and dad and my brother threw me a party just because they love me. 

Qusai, 9, from Ibb.

What was your saddest moment? 

The saddest moment of my life was when the war started in Yemen. We couldn’t go out like before, nor did we feel safe like before. We felt fear and terror.

Omar, 14, from Al-Baidha. 

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

When there were missile strikes and I didn’t get scared.

Abdulmalek, 7, from Sana’a.

What’s your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is to travel to many countries around the world.

Hadeel, 18, from Taiz. 

What advice would you give to someone younger than you?

To respect elders and show kindness to those younger than themselves.

Bushra, 8, from Al-Baidha.

After more than six years of brutal war, children in Yemen need safe drinking water. They need electricity. They need hospitals. They need teachers and schools. Most of all, they need peace. Read more about the situation in Yemen, how UNICEF is helping, and how you can contribute.

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