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UNICEF: Over 500,000 Yemeni children received education

April 30, 2018 at 1:18 am

Children are seen in front of makeshift tents at Darwan refugee camp in Amran north of Sana’a, Yemen on 11 April 2018 [Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency]

We helped over half a million Yemeni children to access education during the past year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.

“UNICEF helped 552,778 Yemeni children to access education through renovating a number of schools last year,” UNICEF said on Twitter.

Yemen’s three-year war, the UN organisation added, resulted in the departure of almost 500,000 children from school.

“With the support offered by the Canadian government, UNICEF will continue to support Yemeni children,” UNICEF stressed.

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Impoverished Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sana’a.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen’s embattled government. All negotiations and attempts to reach a ceasefire ever since have failed to stop the bloodshed.

According to UN official data, more than 10,000 people have been killed in the war, while more than 11 per cent of the country’s population has been displaced in what it has described as “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.”