Arab Coalition: 86 child soldiers recruited by Houthis returned to families in Yemen

Arab Coalition: 86 child soldiers recruited by Houthis returned to families in Yemen
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Yemeni children carrying weapons take part in a gathering organized by Houthi militants to mobilize more fighters to battlefronts to fight pro-government forces. (AFP)
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A Yemeni boy poses with a Kalashnikov assault rifle during a gathering of newly-recruited Houthi militants in the capital Sanaa. (AFP)
Updated 11 August 2018

Arab Coalition: 86 child soldiers recruited by Houthis returned to families in Yemen

Arab Coalition: 86 child soldiers recruited by Houthis returned to families in Yemen
  • The coalition also stressed that the safety of Yemeni children was a priority, as well as ensuring that they were not recruited or affected by the war
  • KSRelief launched a rehabilitation project in Marib for child soldiers recruited by Houthis

DUBAI: The Saudi-led Arab Coalition issued a statement on Saturday saying that the Houthi militia continues to recruit children and put them in harm's way, adding that the coalition has returned 86 child soldiers to the families.

The coalition also stressed that the safety of Yemeni children was a priority, as well as ensuring that they were not recruited or affected by the war.

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) launched last month the second part of the fifth and sixth phases of a rehabilitation project in Marib for children who were recruited and used by Houthi militias as child soldiers.
The 27 child recruits will benefit from a month-long psycho-social program that aims to ease them back into normal life and eradicate the effects that Houthi recruitment had on them.
The project recently celebrated the graduation of the first group of children from the fifth and sixth phase. This group was made up of 80 children who were recruited from various Yemeni provinces.
The project is part of a KSrelief plan to rehabilitate 2,000 children who were recruited by Houthi militias in Yemen.