UN report on conflict and children highlights need for Yemen peace deal

The UN's latest annual report on children and armed conflict says the situation in Yemen has been particularly worrisome with a five-fold increase in the number of children recruited and six times more children killed and maimed in 2015 compared to the previous year.

Sajjad Mohamed Sajid, Oxfam's Country Director in Yemen, said: “The UN’s report on children and conflict is yet more fresh evidence that countries such as the UK and US should halt reckless arms sales to all participants of Yemen’s war.

“Arms are being used to kill and maim children as they go to school or seek treatment at hospitals. More than 100 schools and hospitals were hit last year alone, denying a whole generation of education.

“International governments should see this as a wake up call, stop fuelling the war and put all their weight behind a robust and sustainable peace deal.”

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