Yemen calls on int’l community to stop Houthis recruiting children
The Yemeni government and independent activists have called on the international community to stand up to violations by the Houthi militia, including the Houthi recruitment of children on the fronts lines of the war.
Information Minister Moa’mer al-Iryani called on the international community to “put pressure on the Houthi militia to stop the recruitment of children” and to guarantee the right of life for children in Yemen as well as other countries around the world.
“On the occasion of World Day against Child Recruitment, we remember the thousands of children abducted from their homes and schools by Houthi militias and pushed into the hell of war, in the largest recruitment of children in conflicts in history,” al-Iryani told the official Saba news agency.
Social media activists in Yemen also launched a campaign to mark World Children’s Day on Friday, calling on the international community to do something against Houthi recruitment of children and not push them to the battlefield, where government sources say the Houthis have recruited 30,000 child soldiers since the beginning of the war, according to government sources.