International Community Must Prioritize, Uphold Rights Of Children In Yemen

Washington Post: Yemeni children are dying on the world’s watch. Here’s how we can help.
Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF

“…Simply put, Yemen remains a nightmare for children. The question now is what can be done to protect Yemen’s children and safeguard the country’s future before time runs out. Any solution must start and end with putting children first. For starters, parties to the conflict must make every possible effort to keep children safe and to abide by their legal obligations to keep them out of the line of fire — even in areas of active fighting. This also means sparing the essential infrastructure on which children depend, such as health centers, water and sanitation systems, and schools. … Parties must also allow unlimited imports of humanitarian and essential commercial supplies … Yemeni authorities on both sides must do their share to pay the salaries of all civil servants, including health care workers and teachers, in their areas — a step critical to restoring basic services for children. … [The international community] must continue its financial support to help meet the immediate needs of children and make longer-term investments … Yemeni authorities, donors, and humanitarian and development organizations should all find ways to sustainably provide longer-term cash assistance to the most vulnerable children and families. … Any improvements in the conditions for children must be consolidated and preserved through a comprehensive and lasting peace agreement…” (4/24).