UN appears to fail Yemen's child victims by bowing to political power

In response to reports that the UN has reviewed the participants of Yemen's conflict blacklisted in last week's UN report on Children and Conflict, Sajjad Mohamed Sajid, Oxfam's Country Director in Yemen, said:

"It appears that political power and diplomatic clout have been allowed to trump the UN's duty to expose those responsible for the killing and maiming of more than a thousand of Yemen's children. The decision to retract its findings is a moral failure and goes against everything the UN is meant to stand for. 

"The killing of children in their homes, at schools and in hospitals should not be swept under the carpet. When the UN identifies crimes such as these it needs to act, regardless of who the perpetrators are." 
 
 
Notes to editors: 

Oxfam is delivering relief to people in the north and south of the country and has reached more than 860,000 people with water, food vouchers, hygiene kits and other essential aid.

Contact information: 

Anna Ridout: aridout1@oxfam.org.uk or +44 7740 933518

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