War. Malnutrition. Cholera. Two years of conflict have subjected the people of Yemen to a humanitarian catastrophe — and children are bearing the brunt of it.
Children have been forcibly recruited as soldiers, and attacked by airstrikes in places they should be safest — schools and hospitals. 3.3 million children in Yemen are acutely malnourished, and one child every 35 seconds contracts cholera.
In the face of such suffering, the people of Yemen have been prevented from accessing the food, medical supplies and aid they desperately need. Ships bringing vital help cannot get through the ports, which have been blocked off by Saudi Arabia and its allies. Their guilt does not end there.
Last year, the UN found Saudi Arabia and its allies to be responsible for 60% of child casualties in Yemen in 2015 — yet the Saudi-led coalition is the only side in the conflict which has not yet been held to account.
It’s time to bring justice to Yemen’s children.
One way to do so is to ‘name and shame’ the group in the UN Secretary-General’s annual Children and Armed Conflict report, which includes a list of countries who have committed grave violations against children. Last June, the Saudis and their allies were included in this list for the first time, but were removed from it just days later, after reportedly threatening to stop funding UN agencies.
Since then, the group has gone on to commit more atrocities, killing and injuring more than 120 children in 2016. This must end now.
Sign the petition calling on the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, to list Saudi Arabia and its allies in this year’s Children and Armed Conflict report, and then send a tweet demanding that they are held to account for their despicable crimes. No one should get away with killing children.