More than 11,000 children have been killed and injured in the war in Yemen Atalayar

Since the start of Yemen’s civil war in September 2014, more than 11,000 children have been killed or injured., according to UNICEF. The average loss is four a day, although the UN child protection agency warns that the figure could be higher due to difficulties in collecting data.

This year alone, at least 330 children have died directly or indirectly as a result of attacks, according to Save the Children. A study published by the International Children’s Rights NGO named Yemen as the worst country in the war to be a child.

AFP/NABIL HASSAN – In this April 9, 2016 file photo, a young Yemeni fighter loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi poses in the Sirwah region of Marib province.

The conflict between Iran-backed Yemeni rebels and Saudi-led coalition forces erupted as part of the Arab Spring following a coup against the government of Abdurrahman Rabbuh al-Mansur al-Hadi. Over 150,000 dead and three million refugees.

The war has plunged Yemen into the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and destroyed the future of generations of Yemenis. 23 of the country’s 30 million people, i.e. more than three-quarters of the population, need humanitarian assistance. More than half are children, two million of whom are acutely malnourished.

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AFP/MOHAMMED HUWAIS – A young girl with blood cancer (leukemia) is being treated at a hospital in Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sanaa, October 17, 2022

UNICEF Director Catherine Russell after her visit to Yemen called on the warring parties to renew the ceasefire they agreed on last April during the holy month of Ramadan. and extended twice. The ceasefire significantly reduced hostilities but expired in early October without an agreement between Houthi leaders and the internationally recognized government based in Aden.

“An immediate renewal of the ceasefire would be a positive first step that would allow access to vital humanitarian aid.. Ultimately, only lasting peace will allow families to rebuild their shattered lives and plan for the future,” said Russell, assistant to US President Joe Biden and acting director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. February.

Infant malnutrition in Yemen
AFP/ESSA AHMED – Randa Ali, a three-year-old Yemeni girl weighing only four kilograms and suffering from acute malnutrition, in Al-Khudash IDP camp, Abs district, Hajja province, Yemen, 22 December 2021

Since the resumption of full-scale fighting, UNICEF says at least 62 children have been killed or injured.. According to the UN, this number is 74 children who were victims of landmines and unexploded ordnance between July and September of this year.

But death is not the only threat to children in Yemen. Other serious human rights violations, such as recruitment, abduction or killing, sexual violence, denial of access to humanitarian aid, and mutilation, as well as the possibility of life-long injury or psychological trauma, have become common over the past eight years of conflict.

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AP/NARIMAN EL-MOTFY – A 17-year-old boy holds a gun at the Marib High Dam in Yemen. Despite an agreement reached with the UN in April 2022, Yemen’s Houthi rebels continue to recruit children to fight in the country’s civil war.

Lack of hygiene and food, the latter exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.. In fact, some 18 million Yemenis don’t even have access to clean water, leaving them vulnerable to serious diseases like cholera, measles and diphtheria, and the fragile health system can’t do much about it.

During his visit, Mr. Russell addressed UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children: A $10.3 billion aid package “It aims to provide water, sanitation, nutrition, education, health and protection services to children affected by conflict and disaster around the world.

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