10,200 children dead and injured in years-long conflict in Yemen, UN says
Unicef announced that 10,200 children have been killed or injured since the ongoing conflict in Yemen escalated nearly seven years ago.
“The real number is probably much higher,” Xinhua news agency quoted UNICEF’s representative in Yemen, Philippe Duamelle, as saying in a statement.
“Following the escalation of the conflict in 2021, the violence has continued to escalate this year and, as always, children are the first and most affected,” Duamelle said.
In the first two months of this year, 47 children were reportedly killed or maimed in several places in Yemen, he added.
The statement notes that “Violence, misery and heartbreak are rife in Yemen, with grave consequences for millions of children and families. It is high time that a lasting political solution is found so that people and their children are finally living in the peace they so well deserve”.
Last week, Unicef said some 21 million people, nearly 70% of Yemen’s total population, needed life-saving humanitarian aid.
In the country, nearly 400,000 children under the age of five are going from acute malnutrition to severe acute malnutrition, the aid agency said.
According to Unicef, Yemen remains one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world to date.
Since the escalation of the civil war in March 2015, tens of thousands of people have been killed, 4 million displaced, while the country remains on the brink of famine.
UNICEF said it needs $484.4 million to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen in 2022.
The war began when the Iran-backed Houthi militia took control of several northern provinces and forced the Saudi-backed Yemeni government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the capital Sanaa.
Yemen has been embroiled in civil war since the Houthi militia militarily overran much of the country and seized all northern provinces, including the capital Sanaa, in 2014.
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