Eight years of war, together with decades of historical conflict in Yemen, have left a deadly legacy of explosive ordnance (EO), including landmines, across the country – threatening children’s lives, their childhoods, and their futures. For many, the effects of blasts are immediate, long-term and life-limiting. Over 11,000 Yemeni children have been killed or maimed since the beginning of the conflict.7 Others have lost friends, parents, and caregivers, or had their education interrupted, with devastating consequences for their health, learning, and physical and mental wellbeing.
This research brief highlights the impacts of EO, including landmines, for children, their unique vulnerabilities, and what must be done to better protect them from harm. We also emphasise the voices of child victims themselves who have experienced their effects. It provides recommendations for the United Nations (UN), donors, the humanitarian community, researchers, civil society organisations, and national authorities to better address the needs of children in Yemen and support recovery efforts.