12M Yemeni children in need of urgent help, UNICEF says



In this April 13, 2017 file photo Yemenis present documents in order to receive food rations provided by a local charity in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP Photo)

At least 12 million children in war-battered Yemen are in need of urgent humanitarian aid, the U.N.’s children’s agency UNICEF said on Tuesday.

“Despite the historic gains made for children since the adoption of the Children’s Convention on the Rights of 30 years by the U.N. General Assembly, Yemen remains among the worst countries for children in the world,” said Sarah Bisolo, UNICEF’s representative in Yemen.

“The continuing bloody conflict and the result of the economic crisis have put basic social services systems across the country on the brink of collapse with far-reaching consequences for children,” Bisolo said.

“Those who are responsible – including the Yemeni authorities – have not fulfilled their promises and commitments toward children,” she added.

Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

The crisis escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains.

Since then, tens of thousands of Yemenis, including numerous civilians, have been killed in the conflict, according to the United Nations.



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  1. Feeding hungry children is nice, but it just make me angry that the UN cannot do anything more than that. They cannot call for peace, because that would have to be approved by the UN Security Council. As the United States is a permanent member, and as the United States profits tremedously from this war (and participates with ‘advisors’ with the Saudi coalition) this call for peace cannot happen.

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