giovedì 20 agosto 2015

Yemen - War has killed 400 children since march

The conflict in Yemen has killed nearly 400 children since the end of March and a similar number have been recruited by armed groups, according to a new report by the United Nations Child's Fund (UNICEF).

"Basic services that children depend on have been decimated", while the situation has become even ore tragic now that airstrikes hit the Red Sea port of Hodeida, UNICEF says. In addition to the city port, the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes also in fact damaged the warehouses and means of transport. According to Save the Children, “one of the world's worst humanitarian crises” is unfolding in Yemen.

“We need to get supplies into the country, including fuel to keep hospitals running and to get convoys of humanitarian aid to those most in need. The impact of these latest airstrikes will be felt most strongly by innocent children and families”, stated Edward Santiago, Yemen director of Save the Children.

The large Red Sea port provides the vital infrastructure for the entry of emergency aid cargo including food and medical supplies, as well as commercial goods and fuel. “We don’t yet know the full extent of the damage at Hodeida but we can’t lose a day; time is running out for Yemen’s children who are already at risk of starvation, disease, and abuse”, added Santiago.


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