Yemen: 10,000 Children Killed, Maimed Since Start Of Conflict

Benedict Mayaki SJ
vaticannews.va
2021-10-19

Ten thousand children have been killed or maimed since fighting started in March 2015 in Yemen, said UNICEF in a statement on Tuesday.

“The Yemen conflict has just hit another shameful milestone,” noted spokesman James Elder at a UN briefing in Geneva. “That's the equivalent of four children every day.”

The figure only includes the cases the UN was able to verify from a mission to the north and south of Yemen. Many more child deaths and injuries are not recorded officially.

Yemen’s dire crisis
According to the UN Children’s Fund, the conflict in Yemen – the world’s worst humanitarian crisis – represents a convergence of four threats: a violent and protracted conflict, economic devastation, shattered services for every support system (health, nutrition, water and sanitation, protection and education), and a critically under-funded UN response.

In Yemen, 4 out of every 5 children need humanitarian assistance (representing more than 11 million children), while 400,000 children suffer from severe acute malnutrition, the statement noted.

Meanwhile, two-thirds of teachers have not received a regular salary for more than 4 years. Furthermore, the violence has forced 1.7 million children to become internally displaced and a further 15 million people do not have access to safe water, sanitation or hygiene.

The civil war in Yemen began after Iran-backed Houthi rebels seized the capital Sanaa, prompting Saudi-led forces to intervene and start a campaign aimed at defeating the Houthis, with logistical and intelligence support from the US, UK and France.

Tens of thousands of people have died in the ensuing conflict and millions more have been forced to flee for their lives.

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