UNICEF: 10,000 Children Killed and Maimed in Yemen Conflict

The prolonged Yemen conflict has killed and maimed at least 10 thousand children. Those who still survive are living with severe humanitarian crises.

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Illustration. Children’s lives are severely affected by the Yemen conflict. (Anadolu Agency)

ACTNews, YEMEN – Children victims become the most heartbreaking impact out of the conflict in Yemen. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that at least 10,000 children have been killed or injured in Yemen in violence linked to years of war in Yemen.

“The Yemen conflict has just hit another shameful milestone: 10,000 children have been killed or maimed since fighting started in March 2015. That’s the equivalent of four children every day,” UNICEF spokesman James Elder told a UN briefing in Geneva, where he urged an end to the fighting.

The figure only included child victims whose fates were known to the organization while there were countless others.

The UN has long considered Yemen as home to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The country on the Arabian Peninsula faces the combined troubles of protracted conflict, economic devastation, and crumbling social and health services, as well as underfunded UN assistance programs.

Elder continued, four out of every five children need humanitarian assistance. That’s more than 11 million children. In addition, 400,000 children suffer from severe acute malnutrition and require urgent food aid.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the children victims in the Yemen conflict are mostly still under 10.

Moussa Abdullah was an eyewitness of how dozens of Yemenis including children were killed and injured within a day.

"The strike happened in the middle of the market and it targeted a bus carrying children. Our shops were open and shoppers were walking around as usual. All of those who died were residents, children, and shop owners,” Moussa explained.[]