Children carry the weight of war in Yemen

21/10/2017 (Al Arabiya – UAE by Azeem Ibrahim*): Yemen is still one of the worst humanitarian disasters currently ongoing in the world. The conflict, which began when Houthi militias refusal to accept the political transition of power, is not ‘sexy’ enough to hold the attention of the international press for sustained periods of time, but it rages on, causing ever mounting human suffering on a mass scale. So far, tens of thousands of civilians have been killed, three million have been displaced from their home, and due to the destruction of infrastructure, as many as 17 million are at risk of famine: in a country with a population of around 28 million. But the worst affected, as often is the case in these kinds of conflicts, are the most vulnerable. In particular, the children. As many as 80 percent of children in the country are affected by the famine and in desperate need of aid…

*Azeem Ibrahim is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Global Policy and Adj Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College.



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