UN official: Saudi Arabia pushes Yemen back 20 years
The five-year-old Saudi war against Yemen has brought the country back 20 years in terms of development, and access to education, a senior UN official said Tuesday.
“Yemen has lost 20 years of development,” Achim Steiner, director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), told the Associated Press, adding that”Thousands of schools have been closed and millions of children can not attend classes. They have lost a generation of education,” he warned. One in three Yemenis is threatened with starvation, among the 30 million Yemenis, the total population of Yemen.
Yemen , in five years after Saudi Arabia had declared its war against Yemen on March 26, 2015, witnesses the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.
Millions of people face the threat of famine whereas thousands of civilians have been killed, hundreds of children have been killed, tens of thousands wounded, and health, education, the economy and others have collapsed.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a report to the UN Security Council last week that the Saudi-UAE alliance in Yemen killed or injured 729 children in 2018, accounting for nearly half the total number of child victims.
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.