WATCH | Saudi war on Yemen has killed 3,500 children so far. Why is the world silent?
Yemen's Human Rights Center said that a total of 7,200 children were killed and wounded in the war.
According to the data available with human rights organizations working in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and its allies have killed nearly 3,500 Yemeni children since the start of the war in the year 2015.
The Yemen’s Human Rights Center (HRC) said that a total of 7,200 children were either killed or wounded in the war.
In the report ‘Childhood with the Colour of Blood and the Smell of Death‘ by the HRC, it was said that out of these 7,200 children, 3,468 were murdered while the rest sustained serious injuries. 91% of them lost their lives in aerial attacks by the invaders.
The report warned that every ten minutes, a child is at the risk of death in Yemen, if not provided with adequate medical care.
War on Yemen
Backed by the United Kingdom (UK), the United States (US), and a number of other Western allies, Saudi Arabia initiated war the Yemen war in 2015 to crush an uprising that overthrew a regime friendly to Riyadh.
It is estimated that the war has taken more than 100,000 lives. Around 5,500,000 Yemeni children are at the risk of losing their lives due to malnutrition, shortage of medicines, and the non-availability of health facilities in the war-torn area.
In 2019, Yemen’s Health Ministry informed that 3,000,000 children under the age of five are malnourished in the country. Out of these, 400,000 are suffering from severe health complications due to starvation, putting their lives at risk.
Thousands of hospitals have been destroyed during the Yemen war, leaving the people without any medical facilities. At least 80% of the country’s population is dependent on foreign aid for basic amenities and survival. This conflict has also been labeled as the ‘worst humanitarian crisis in the world’.
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