Most people are aware that the civil war in Yemen has been horrific, but the numbers are rolling in showing just how broad the devastation is.
A new report issued by the United Nations stated that more than 7,500 children have been either killed or wounded during the catastrophic conflict since 2013.
It Gets Worse
The news does not get any better from there.
In less than six years, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reported almost 12,000 “grave violations” against children in Yemen. Worse yet, the Secretary-General stated these figures are probably far lower than the actual numbers.
This is because it is reportedly very difficult to completely monitor the situation in Yemen due to the widespread violence.
The Yemen Civil War
The conflict in Yemen started back in 2014 when Houthi Shiite rebels, which are backed by Iran, took over the government from Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
Since that time, a Saudi-led collation has been fighting to regain control. Throughout this period, the people of Yemen have come under fire from both sides of this conflict.
Both the Saudis and the Houthis have little discretion when carrying out strikes. Some of the most damaging blows have airstrikes that have hit hospitals, schools, and social events.
The conflict has been so devastating to the country, Yemen is approaching famine-like conditions. Among the hardest hit during the conflict are the children.
UN Special Representative Virginia Gamba stated, “The suffering of children in Yemen has worsened during the reporting period, becoming simply appalling. The children of Yemen had nothing to do with the start of this conflict. They should now be given the opportunity to exit from it and be assisted to fully recover.”
Sadly, in addition to these strikes, children are also dying on the field of battle. An ABC News report stated that more than 3,000 children have been recruited to fight.
This may literally be the single-most largest humanitarian crisis in the world right now.