GENEVA: Almost half of the 700 international aid projects run by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center are focused on Yemen, the Geneva Press Club was told.
Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Moallem, director of KSRelief’s Department of Medical and Environmental Assistance, told a press conference that 328 humanitarian projects in Yemen related to health, food security, water sanitation, housing, education and communication.
Al-Moallem was speaking at an exhibition at the press club that highlights Saudi efforts to help Yemeni children.
Former Yemeni ambassador to the UN Ibrahim Al-Adoufi and other Arab envoys to the UN were also present.
More than 6 million Yemeni children are facing a humanitarian crisis due to Houthi violations, Al-Moallem said.
KSRelief programs included an initiative to rehabilitate child soldiers recruited by the Houthis. Psychological, social and educational programs run by specialists help the soldiers reintegrate into society.
Al-Moallem said that children are most vulnerable to Houthi forced recruitment in contradiction to international law and treaties.
He urged the international community to stand firm against Houthi violations, especially against children.