Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The war Boris forgot

In the war that the British Foreign Minister couldn't remember the name of the country, Unicef said that in Yemen 5000 children have been killed or injured another 400,000 severely malnourished and fighting for their lives. The casualties amounted to “an average of five children every day since March 2015”.

The UN agency said more than 11 million children – or “nearly every child in Yemen” – were in need of humanitarian assistance.

2 million Yemeni children were out of school, a quarter of them since the conflict escalated when a Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015.

More than 3 million children were born into the war and have been “scarred by years of violence, displacement, disease, poverty, undernutrition and a lack of access to basic services.” Meritxell Relano, Unicef representative in Yemen said “An entire generation of children in Yemen is growing up knowing nothing but violence. ” He added  Children in Yemen are suffering the devastating consequences of a war that is not of their making.  Malnutrition and disease are rampant as basic services collapse,” he said, adding: “Those who survive are likely to carry the physical and psychological scars of conflict for the rest of their lives.”

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