UNICEF slams ‘carnage’ of over 2,200 Yemeni children

 

 

The UNICEF chief has slammed the “carnage” of over 2,200 children during the ongoing war in Yemen, warning that millions of other children are currently suffering the agonies of the humanitarian crises in the country. 

"The relentless conflict in Yemen has pushed a country already on the brink deep into the abyss," UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said in a statement to journalists in Geneva on Tuesday following her visit to the war-ravaged country.

Fore recounted her observation of "what three years of intense war after decades of underdevelopment and chronic global indifference can do to children."

The UNICEF said on Tuesday that over 2,200 children have been killed and 3,400 others injured during the three-year conflict in Yemen

"These are only numbers we have been able to verify. The actual figures could be even higher," Fore said, noting that "there is no justification for this carnage."

Fore warned that apart from the deaths and injuries, millions of Yemeni children have dropped out of school while many others are being forced to fight with different sides in the conflict, being married off, going hungry and dying from preventable diseases like cholera.

 

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