Yemen submits child recruitment file to human rights council

September 25, 2019

The Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights submitted to the Human Rights Council in Geneva files of more than 30,000 children recruited on the front lines by Houthi militias.

Yemen’s Minister of Human Rights Mohammed Askar said the ministry had documented the names of more than 30,000 children recruited by the Houthis, which he described as “destruction of the present and future of Yemen,” warning that the consequences are “catastrophic”

The recruitment of children in Yemen is enticed by financial rewards that exploit the needs of children and their families for money.

He pointed out that the Houthis aim to brainwash children and create a more radical and violent generation after being transferred from schools to barricades.

Hasna al-Bashiri and her two children attended the Human Rights Council in Geneva and explained the Houthi threat to Yemen’s children.

“Instead of finding health care and educational opportunities to build their country and move towards world peace, children are learning how to deal with weapons,” she said.

A group of women briefed the head of the UN NGO Committee, Astrid Stockelberger, and showed several pictures of dead children and others carrying weapons in their classrooms in Saada.

Stuckelberger said that these children have a bright future to serve their families first and then their homeland, adding that the images I saw were terrible.

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