Yemen’s youth aspire to peace and development despite ongoing violence

June 14, 2019
Despite years of conflict, many young Yemenis still actively participate in their society and look forward to lasting peace and development for their war-torn country.
In the southern port city of Aden, the Yemeni capital, many young people keep a clear view of what their country should be, and a future free of military conflicts and political divisions.
Some young people voluntarily organized a cultural event as the first event to promote peace, security and development in the strategic coastal city of Aden and other neighboring liberated from the Houthis backed by Iran.
Members of the Yemen Youth and Children’s Government attended the cultural event held in Aden and spoke to the press about their aspirations for peace, security, and development, after years of bloodshed caused by the
Houthis.
They said that the on-going conflict has created many repercussions and obstacles that have prevented many young people from shaping the future of their country and any contributions to peaceful activities.
Yahya al-Tabaki, justice minister of Yemen’s youth and children’s government, said many young Yemenis were suffering from the effects of years of conflict between Yemeni government forces and the Houthi terrorist group allied to Iran.
“Many young people suffer psychological problems after participating in armed confrontations and others have joined illegal activities such as dealing with drugs,” Yahya said.
“The Huthi militias continue to use force to recruit children who have nothing to do with the conflict.” Yahya urged warring factions in Yemen to engage in serious political negotiations to end the escalating conflict in

various parts of the impoverished Arab country.
Yemen’s civil war, which erupted in 2015, has caused one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises, as well as the destruction of its infrastructure and historical monuments.
Zayed Abdul Hakim Mana, who is a minister of culture in Yemen’s youth and children’s government told the press that the majority of Yemeni youth were fed up with the Houthi continuous violence.
The Houthis allied to Iran launched a major military campaign and took control of the capital Sana’a in late 2014, forcing Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his government to flee to the southern port city of
Aden.
Saudi Arabia intervened with other Arab states militarily and against the Houthi group in March 2015 in response to a formal request from President Hadi to protect Yemen and defeat Iranian influence.
The internal military conflict between the Iranian-backed Houthis and Yemeni government has recently entered its fifth year, increasing the suffering of Yemenis and deepening the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
More than 22 million people need urgent humanitarian assistance, including 8.4 million people struggling to find food.

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