Yemen’s humanitarian and human rights catastrophe continues to worsen since last March 2015, and more than 7,4 Million of children are the main victimes of the conflict. More than 2,3 million people are estimated as internally displaced, including 2.577 died, more than 725 children.
Monsour was one of the child soldiers used during the conflict in Yemen. He is a member of the armed group who actively participates in hostilities.
Monsour is only 12 and lives in Sana’s. When Sana’a has been occupied, Monsour became a child soldier missing his childhood, he promised obedience in exchange for respect.
He has been given an automatic gun and he has been told not to worry about air strikes during his shift at the checkpoint. “Monsour must be very proud of defending his country taking up a weapon” . That’s what they said.
It is right that he lost his right to be a child? Monsour should go at school, meet his friends and play with them, and not to be a child soldier with a gun in his hand.
Since the outbreak of the conflict in Yemen more children have been drawn into armed groups than was the case in the past. Now, there’s a war across the country and children are getting dragged into it.
For this reason, we run 28 child friendly spaces in Sana’a, Aden and Ibb and Mukalla, in order to provide safe places aimed at keeping children out of harm’s way. Since the conflict erupted, INTERSOS centers represent, for more than 6.700 children, the only chance to learn, play and get back their childhood. Our team, composed of humanitarian workers and therapists identify vulnerable cases, often neglected children, victims of abuses and violence, to look after them and keep them safe, in a protected environment. Moreover, our mobile teams, with doctors and nurses on board, provide the only medical assistance available in Sana’a, Aden, Ibb and Mukalla, for the conflict-affected population.