James Elder, spokesman for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said on Tuesday that more than 10,000 children have been killed or maimed as a result of the Yemen war. This number is certainly underestimated as many child deaths are not recorded, he added.
Four children have been killed or maimed in Yemen every day since 2015, new data said, UNICEF spokesman James Elder, calling the statistic a “disgraceful milestone”.
Prolonged conflict in Yemen results in the collapse of the economy, public services and the health care system. The UN institutions operating in this country are also struggling with financial problems, reminds the PA agency. According to UNICEF estimates, 11 million children in Yemen, or about 80 percent, are in need of humanitarian aid.
Elder said in a press conference that the Yemenis are starving not for lack of food, but for lack of money to buy it. – They are starving because adults are still waging a war in which children are the biggest losers. Yemen is the worst place to live for children, and it will be even worse – said a UNICEF spokesman.
130,000 victims of the conflict in Yemen
Yemen has been in chaos since 2011, when a social revolt put an end to President Ali Abd Allah Salah’s dictatorial rule for many years. The conflict escalated when Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen in March 2015.
The Yemen war is seen as a proxy conflict in which Shi’ite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia are fighting for hegemony in the region. According to the NGO ACLED, some 130,000 people have died in the conflict in Yemen to date. The United Nations describes this conflict as the world’s largest humanitarian disaster today.
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