SHAFAQNA- Yemen is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with more than 24 million people – some 80 per cent of the population – in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 12 million children. Since the conflict escalated in March 2015, the country has become a living hell for the country’s children.
The nearly five-year-long war has created what the United Nations calls the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. The children of Yemen have suffered most as a result of the conflict to date and, according to warchildholland, all of them face serious risks to their safety.
Since the conflict escalated in March 2015 till now, children continue to be killed and maimed in the conflict. Too many children have been killed by the war in blatant attacks. Children have been killed while playing outdoors with their friends, on their way to or from school or in the security of their homes with their families, reliefweb mentioned.
According to United Nation’s report, at least 12 million children are caught up in the fighting and need outside help, Al Jazeera told. Currently, 75 districts in Yemen are ‘hard to reach’ areas that humanitarian actors cannot regularly access for the purpose of sustained humanitarian service delivery.
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In addition, the war has increased a wide-spread habit among poor families. “Many families decide to sell their children for about $ 1,000 to people who then employ them in drug trafficking to Saudi Arabia,” Laura Silvia Battaglia, a war reporter says, according to euronews.
Caught in fights, starved to death, and sexually abused, in Yemen children are among the main victims, a fact this activist denounces as the world marks 30 years on from the signing of the Children’s rights convention.
As the new school year began in September 2019, 2 million children were out of school, including almost half a million who had dropped out since the conflict escalated in March 2015, unicef.org told.
Thirty years ago, world leaders made a promise to every child to promote and protect their rights by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – an international agreement on childhood. The Convention became the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. Since then, governments across the world have taken action to ensure that more children survive and develop to their full potential. But 30 Years of Child Rights Yet Yemen Remains One of the Worst Places to be a Child.