Children are known as the future of the world and it won’t be wrong to say that the future is dying bit by bit, every minute, in Yemen. The world is turning another year older as we approach 2018. And while we are busy thinking about the next year, thousands of Yemeni children couldn’t even make it through this year. The fact is heartbreaking, but true, and proven by the statistics taken by a senior official of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
According to Meritxell Relaño, UNICEF Representative in Yemen, “2017 was a horrible year for the children of Yemen”. All this while, the world considered the war in Yemen and the humanitarian crisis, too, a cause of geopolitical issues, but it wasn’t. It had, since the very beginning, been a war against the children of Yemen, else, why would so many of them be dead and the rest, on the verge of dying?
What’s shocking is that around millions of children are constantly at the risk of dying from preventable diseases. A diphtheria outbreak reportedly infected more than 300 Yemenis and killed 35 of them. Moreover, WHO (World Health Organization) calls the health conditions of Yemen as the ‘world’s largest epidemic’ ever. Over 1 million people are infected and 2.2 million children under the age group of 5 in urgent need of humanitarian support. However, the economic conditions have worsened so much that the parents have no option to help prevent or cure malnutrition.
Given the broad damage that the Yemeni conflict has brought to the country’s children, it can be called as nothing less than a war against children. As a result of which UNICEF requested all those involved in the conflict to “find a peaceful solution” to the ongoing problem and end the struggle put upon the little Yemeni children; kids, teenagers, toddlers, infants, born and unborn.
Summing up the entire loss of life as the ‘life loss of the civilians’ collectively would be unfair to the little children. Even though the so called ‘civilians’ may be a threat, but there is no denying the fact that the innocent Yemeni children had no part to play in the ongoing conflict, yet they were sacrificed.