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UN: Yemen war claims thousands of children's lives

According to data made public by the UN today, more than 11,000 kids have died, been wounded, or suffered injuries in Yemen since 2015, while another almost 4,000 have been enlisted in the bloody conflict that has torn the nation apart since 2014. According to the United Nations Children's Fund, 3,774 of the 11,019 killed were children (UNICEF). More than 10,200 children were reported deceased, injured, or disabled by the organisation in a prior count. The revised estimates only include cases that UNICEF has independently confirmed and covered the period from March 2015 to 30 September 2022. He notes that the true cost is "probably substantially higher."

The Houthi rebels, who are allied with Iran, are at war with government forces supported by a Saudi-led military alliance in Yemen, the most impoverished nation in the Arabian Peninsula. Director-general of UNICEF Catherine Russell reiterated her call for humanitarian relief in Yemen, saying that "hundreds of thousands are at risk of dying from avoidable diseases or famine." "The warring sides, the international community, and all those with authority must promise that they will be safeguarded and supported," he continues, "for the children of Yemen to have the least hope of living a dignified future." To aid with the humanitarian catastrophe, UNICEF reports that it urgently needs $484.4 million (€460 million). In a study from November 2021, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) predicted that the death toll from wars and their effects—hunger, sickness, and a lack of clean water—would reach 377,000 by the end of the previous year.


Numerous children have died within the past two months.

The internationally recognised government and the Ansar Allah group (the Houthis) were unable to agree to extend the ceasefire, which took effect in April and was extended twice before expiring in the first few days of October. Two months after the cease-fire expired, the violence has not escalated, but recent Houthi strikes on oil ports have increased concerns about a potential fresh escalation. In October and November, at least 62 children died, according to UNICEF. To enable much-needed humanitarian access, an urgent renewal of the ceasefire would be a good first step, according to Russell.

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