Yemen: Number of children killed, injured increase as violence escalates
A man in Yemen carrying his child. /AFP

A man in Yemen carrying his child. /AFP

Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative in Yemen has decried an increase in deaths of children in Yemen amidst violence.

"Following the intensification of the conflict in Yemen in 2021, violence has continued to escalate this year and as always children are the first and most to suffer," he said in a statement released on Saturday.

"Over the first two months of 2022, 47 children were reportedly killed or maimed in several locations across the country. 

"Since the conflict escalated in Yemen nearly seven years ago, the UN has verified that more than 10,200 children have been killed or injured. The actual number is likely much higher.

"UNICEF calls on all parties to the conflict in Yemen and those with influence over them to protect civilians wherever they are. Children's safety, their well-being and protection must be safeguarded at all times."

"Violence, misery and grief have been commonplace in Yemen with severe consequences for millions of children and families. It is high time that a sustainable political solution is reached for people and their children to finally live in the peace they so well deserve.”

(With input from UNICEF)

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