Yemeni childern pay the price of the war
Saudi-led coalition, backed by the US, hold accountable for the massacres and sufferings of Yemeni children.
Hundreds of thousands of children have been infected with suspected cholera in Yemen in the first six months of 2019 and the death toll is set to soar as the rainy season begins, aid groups warn, the Independent reported.
There have been 440,000 suspected cholera cases reported so far this year, compared to 380,000 cases for all of 2018, the charity Save the Children said.
Data from the World Health Organisation shows that nearly half (203,000) of the infected cases are children, and the charity warns there have been 193 child deaths so far.
The war against Yemen has worsened the humanitarian situation for civilians in the country, with at least 193 children having died this year from cholera-related illnesses, according to Save the Children.
In a statement , the U.K. charity revealed that the country has seen more suspected cholera cases in the first half of this year than in the whole of 2018. A total of 439,812 suspected cholera cases have so far been identified, with some 203,000 children among those affected, Save the Children said. As Yemenis have suffered from acute malnutrition, the report noted that malnourished children are at least three times more likely to die due to their weakened immune systems.
The United Nations children’s agency estimates that out of seven million school-aged children in Yemen over two million are not being educated amid the coalition’s war against Yemen.
“The situation of Yemen’s education sector is daunting. Out of 7 million school-aged children, over 2 million children are already out of school,” a regional director of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund said .
“School infrastructure is badly damaged and learning materials are in short supply. One in five schools in Yemen can no longer be used because they are damaged or being used in the fighting or to shelter displaced families,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“Children did not start the war in Yemen, but they are paying the highest price. Some 360,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition, fighting for their lives every day. And one credible report put the number of children under 5 who have died of starvation at more than 80,000,” Guterres told a donor conference in the Swiss city of Geneva on Feb. 26.
Late in last year, various media reports cited Yemen’s Health Ministry as reporting the death of the girl, named as Amal Hussein.
Amal’s picture turned up in The New York Times , showing her lying on a bed at a health center in Aslam in the northwestern Yemen Hajjah Province, 144 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of the capital, Sana’a. Her mother, Mariam Ali, has told the paper that she died on October 26.
The mother said her heart was “broken,” adding, “Amal was always smiling. Now I’m worried for my other children.”
Death toll form the coalition’s airstrikes on Bani-Qais district of Hajjh rose to 33 and injuring of 55, most of them are childern and women.
Dozens of civilians have lost their lives and dozens more sustained injuries as Saudi warplanes targeted a bus carrying children in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.