Earth & Conservation

How the Conflict in Yemen Has Devastated the Country's Children

A report from the UN paints a grim picture for what it means to be a child in Yemen today.

<p>Photo: Reuters // /Mohamed al-Sayaghi<span></span></p>

This week, the United Nations published its alarming findings from the ongoing conflict in Yemen. For the past year, at least six children have been killed or injured every day on account of the fighting between forces backed by Saudi Arabia and Houthi rebels. The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund described Yemen as being "...pushed to the brink by this devastating conflict."

The fighting began last year when President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi was forced to flee by Houthi rebel groups. Since then, Saudi Arabia has led a military coalition to reinstate Hadi. This has included massive airstrikes. According to the New York Times, the Saudi-backed government and Houthi rebels have agreed to a temporary ceasefire beginning April 10 at midnight. Shortly after that, peace talks are set to begin in Kuwait.

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Top photo: A Houthi follower stands between Yemen's national flags as he takes photos with his phone during a rally marking one year of Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen's capital Sanaa, March 26, 2016.