UNICEF: Half a million students drop out in Yemen war

Yemeni children present documents in order to receive food rations provided by a local charity, in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP)
Updated 27 March 2018
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UNICEF: Half a million students drop out in Yemen war

SANAA: Close to half a million Yemeni children have dropped out of school since 2015, UNICEF said Tuesday.
That brings the number of children without access to education to two million, as minors are increasingly recruited in the fighting, according to the UN children’s agency.
“An entire generation of children in Yemen faces a bleak future because of limited or no access to education,” said Meritxell Relano, UNICEF’s Yemen representative.
“The journey to school has also become dangerous as children risk being killed en route,” Relano said.
“Fearing for their children’s safety, many parents choose to keep their children at home. The lack of access to education has pushed children and families to dangerous alternatives, including early marriage, child labor and recruitment into the fighting.”
At least 2,419 children have been recruited by armed groups since 2015, according to UNICEF.
Another 4.5 million risk losing access to public schools as teachers have not been paid in more than a year amid a crisis that has seen Yemen — long the Arab world’s poorest country — reach the brink of official famine.


Yemeni defense minister discusses efforts to combat terrorism with US

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Yemeni defense minister discusses efforts to combat terrorism with US

  • The Yemeni defense minister met with US military attaché in Yemen
  • The discussed improving the Yemeni army and counter-terrorism efforts

The Yemeni defense minister Lieutenant-General Mohammad Ali Al-Maqdashi met with US military attaché in Yemen, Col. Brad Gandhi, on Wednesday, to discuss improving the Yemeni army and counter-terrorism efforts.

Meanwhile, Yemen’s Deputy Prime Minister Salim Al-Khanbashi discussed with the head of the European Union delegation to Yemen, Antonia Calvo, the economic war imposed by the Houthi militia.

The meeting reviewed the challenges Yemen faces in light of the non-compliance of the Houthi militia of the peace talks held in Sweden.

The minister claimed that the Houthis looted state institutions.

He said the government was preparing the budget for 2019, and would give priority to projects that served the community and challenges related to a comprehensive reconstruction program for the public and private sectors.