What happens when three Yemeni kids under constant bombing attacks, are asked to report on the warzone they’re living in? An intimate and horrifying portrait of a community struggling to cope with the violence around them.
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In Yemen, a child dies every 10 minutes - six children an hour.

For three years Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, has been home to civil war, death and famine. More than 10,000 people have been killed since the conflict erupted between the country’s Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led coalition. Both sides are accused of human rights atrocities and the indiscriminate killing of civilians.

This week on Dateline, we follow three young Yemeni kids as they report on the violence and war around them.

Filming much of the footage on mobile phones, young reporters Rima, 8, Ahmed, 11 and Youssef, 9, record remarkable interviews showing the everyday reality of life for Sana’a’s residents who live under constant airstrikes.

“I don’t like to play war” explains Youssef, “If I survive this war, I want to be a dentist.”

On the outskirts of Sana’a, the young reporters meet an orphan child – just 4 years old - whose entire family has been killed. Amongst the rubble of her home, they find the belongings of her dead mother, father and brothers.

“With their weapons they killed your whole family. And now you no longer have a future,” says Ahmed, crying.

With no end to the war in sight, what does the future hold for Yemen’s children?

Watch the full story at the top of the page.

The 4-year-old who lost her whole family

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Credits

Director: Khadija al-Salami

Reporters: Ahmed Alfagih, Yousef Alsygal, Rima Alfagih

Additional Voiceover: Sally Roberts