Amid Yemen unrest, UNICEF warns of grave child rights abuses, spike in deaths

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More children at terrible risk.


Amid Yemen unrest, UNICEF warns of grave child rights abuses, spike in deaths
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from UN News Service
Published on 24 Mar 2015 —View Original

Children at the Radfan Basic School in Al-Shaikh Othman district, Aden, Yemen.
© Photo: UNICEF Yemen


24 March 2015 – Grave violations of children’s rights are continuing to take place in Yemen, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) confirmed today, on the heels of a spate of recent attacks on mosques in Sana’a that killed 12 children and injured 20.

UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac told a news conference in Geneva that 2014 saw a 40 per cent increase in the number of children killed and wounded in Yemen, compared to 2013. There has also been a 100 per cent increase in attacks on schools and hospitals, while recruitment of children into armed groups has increased by 47 per cent.

During an emergency meeting of the Security Council held on Sunday, UN Special Adviser Jamal Benomar warned that Yemen stands on the brink of civil war amid deepening political tensions. Despite UN efforts to bring about a peaceful political resolution, Yemen has continued to be plagued by violence and mass political demonstrations.

According to UNICEF, Yemen remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with 47 per cent of children under the age of five suffering from malnutrition. It has, after Afghanistan, the highest number of malnourished children. Levels of malnutrition are alarmingly high at the moment, with 1.6 million persons affected, out of which 850,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition and 160,000 from severe acute malnutrition.

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And people wonder why the United States is looked upon as a bastion of freedoms, democracy, and civil rights.

Too bad that shit went out the window in 2008.

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