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Unicef report : hell on earth: How children in Yemen suffer

The images are unlikely to endure. Measure applies to children, hanging apathetic in their mothers ' arms. Screaming children, which is administered with a large syringe special food. Sobbing children to get Up much too weak. From the death of drawn children, who clearly have no chance of Survival.

There are disturbing photos. Photos, which can possibly approach an idea of the dramas played out in Yemen. Because the victims of the conflict, which has long been a proxy war of the regional powers Iran and Saudi Arabia, most especially the most Vulnerable and in need of Protection.

However, their misery, their Hunger, their Die, the parties to the conflict and the world community. The Plight of the children is so vast as to be unbelievable. This is a new situation report by the children relief organization of the United Nations.

A bad economic crisis

He makes it clear that, in particular, girls and boys in Yemen will experience the "hell on earth", as Geert Cappelaere, in the Preface formulated. And the Unicef regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, knows what he is talking about. He is Recently returned from a visit to the poor house in the Arab world. There, the Situation was desperate – and will always be worse.

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The war is certainly a reason, but not the only one. Because meanwhile, a severe economic reigns in the country crisis. The currency has dramatically lost value, the men find no Jobs. The majority of Yemenis cannot afford, therefore, vital things. Even drinking water is for many of the already impoverished families long-prohibitive.

The dramatic consequences, especially for children. Estimates from Unicef according to which seven million of the Smallest don't have enough to eat and are on the verge of a famine. Nearly two million children under the age of five are acutely malnourished.

Destroyed clinics and schools

on Average, a child dies every ten minutes from preventable diseases or lack of food. Every day, Yemeni girls and boys come by bombing and shelling lost their lives. The aid organization of the United Nations expects 80 percent of the children – so, eleven million are in need of support. But there is much to rare.

This is not least due to the lack of access and one of Saudi Arabia imposed a Blockade. The helpers are always complaining that they reach the many needy poorly or not at all - because of the bureaucracy, of the control points, and due to the acts of war. Unicef manages, nevertheless, to provide so many Needy, for example, with drinking water, or to organise vaccinations.

This is sorely needed. Because the infrastructure has collapsed in many Parts of the country. This has a particularly devastating effect on the health care. Only half of the facilities still work. Many clinics have been destroyed by bombing.

Without the need for special food, there is much to rare, would not survive many children.Photo: Nariman El-Mofty/dpa

it's No wonder that last year, a Cholera epidemic was raging spread quickly. Since the beginning of the outbreak of the disease in April 2017 to September 2018, 1.2 million suspected cases were reported. 2500 people died of diarrhoeal disease, including many weakened children.

But the war has also in other areas of fatal. Two million children do not go to school. Often there are no classes because of teacher absence or buildings are used for military purposes or as shelters. Quite apart from the fact that the path to school is often dangerous.

children marry and have children soldiers

The violence of forced Education is also one of the reason, if the girl in front of her 18. Birthday to be married. In Yemen, this is happening more and more frequently. The same applies to the recruitment of child soldiers. So far, according to Unicef at least 2700 young boys were forcibly sent to war.

Now the oppressed Yemenis hope that the talks in Stockholm. In the Swedish capital, the parties to the conflict under mediation of the UN to negotiate a long-term ceasefire and a peaceful end to the war. Whether the talks will be successful, know today, no one to tell. But clearly all is that Yemen has no more time.

longing for normalcy

Perhaps should take, therefore, the negotiators simply Ala’as words to heart. The Yemeni girl longs to normality.

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Christian Böhme

"hope for peace means that I can't hear people talking about war. It means that I can watch the TV cartoons to see instead of people going to die. And I'm not afraid to be kidnapped, if I leave alone in the house.“

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