Local foundations at Beni Matar district of Sanaa province organized on Monday in the capital Sanaa an event on the occasion of International Children’s Day.
During the event held in one of the schools in the district, Member of the local council Mansour Al-Barawi pointed out the importance of launching such activities in light of the continued aggression and siege imposed on the country.
The aim of the event, which coincides with World Children’s Day, is to highlight the importance of educating children and providing them with the necessary instructions to face the risks of violence and abuse, and the prevention of disease.
Yemen’s education system has been decimated. UNICEF report that nearly 70% of teachers have been unpaid for years and 2,500 schools have been damaged or destroyed. The only way to save the lives and futures of Yemen’s children is to stop the violence.
For every child killed by bombs and bullets, dozens are starving to death and it’s entirely preventable, children who die in this way suffer immensely as their vital organ functions slow down and eventually stop.”
Save the Children’s said that 85,000 was a conservative estimate of how many children under the age of 5 had starved between April 2015, when Saudi Arabia began its air war, and this October.
In addition to the airstrikes, Saudi Arabia has imposed economic sanctions and blockades on Yemen, contributing to the deepening humanitarian crisis.