On the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the children of Yemen look over their heads, so that they may find the cure of their injuries of five years of aggression and destruction that did not exclude them from the list of raids and siege. In a country classified as one of the worst places for children in the world because of the violations they are exposed to by the Saudi-led aggression.
As the world celebrates World Children’s Day, Yemeni children have nothing to offer the world except to recall the painful facts and very frightening figures of the United Nations and other organizations working on children rights on the reality of lost and absent childhood. The following report lists some of the figures issued by international bodies, about what is happening to the children of Yemen, under the attack of the coalition countries and the siege imposed on Yemen.
More than 12 million children in Yemen, according to UNICEF, need urgent humanitarian aid, in light of the difficult situation in the country resulting from the war of the coalition countries, in addition to the education of 3.7 million children at stake after the deterioration of the already fragile education system, and the destruction of educational institutions, which left some 2 million children out of school.
Children in Yemen are also suffering from high malnutrition, which has deprived 85% of children of the minimum acceptable food they need for their survival, development, where an estimated 2 million children are severely malnourished under the age of five. Of these, 360,000 are acutely malnourished, according to international reports.
The World Health Organization said last month that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is the worst in the world, as diseases have brought a large proportion of the population to the brink of death, pointing out around 700,000 people are affected by cholera. About 25% of these cases are children under the age of five. According to official statistics, the war of the coalition countries on Yemen in five years killed more than 3,700 children and injured about 4000 others.
Another 800 children were permanently disabled by direct bombardment, and 1.5 million were displaced to refugee camps with poor conditions. Other reports revealed alarming figures on the children of Yemen, including: More than 12 million children need urgent humanitarian aid. 92% of Yemeni children suffer from malnutrition and underweight. 74% of them are stunted, the highest in the region. 1,500 child deaths from cholera during the aggression period. 1 million children at risk of diphtheria. 90 thousand children suffer psychological problems from the effects of the Saudi bombing.
The situation of children in Yemen as a result of the continued siege and aggression can be summarized on the basis of international reports as follows: 7 million Yemeni children go to bed every night hungry. 2.1 million children under five are malnourished. More than 400,000 children are acutely malnourished. One child dies every 10 minutes due to severe malnutrition and diseases. More than 2 million Yemeni school-age children are still out of school. 1.4 million children work in Yemen and are deprived of their most basic rights. 4,000 children were forced to fight in coalition forces as part of recruitment children plan.
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