The hideous killings of children in Yemen by the US-Saudi aggression gave a clear picture of the global hypocrisy against poor peoples. It also revealed that the UN organization is not concerned with the interests of the people, as much as it is concerned with the interests of the colonial regimes that dominate it. The United Nations has become an umbrella that legitimizes the crimes committed by colonial regimes against people.
On October 5, 2017, the United Nations included Saudi Arabia on the list of shame for killing children in Yemen, and before the ink of signing the resolution dried up, the United Nations retracted the resolution and on June 9, 2019 temporarily removed it from the list. On June 15, 2020, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, removed Saudi Arabia from the list permanently.
In this regard, former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a press conference held on June 9, 2019, that "the decision to remove Saudi Arabia from the list was one of the most difficult decisions he had to take."
He stressed that his decision to temporarily remove Saudi Arabia from the black list of shameful killers of children in Yemen is not a final decision.
Ban Ki-moon pointed out that Saudi Arabia exerted great pressure on the United Nations, and threatened to cut off aid provided by the Kingdom to Palestinian refugees.
Children Are the Victims
During the 8 years of the war, Yemeni children are the victims of this futile battle without any guilt, since the first day of the US-Saudi airstrikes on Wadi Ahmed and Bani Hawat in the capital, Sana'a.
Yemeni children have been subjected to war crimes by the aggression, such as killing, arrest, rape, deprivation of school and right to receive treatment, according to several reports of the United Nations and human rights organizations.
A report issued by the Yemeni Coalition to Monitor Human Rights Violations in Yemen, revealed a new statistic for the number of Yemeni children's victims over the past years.
The report published on June 4, on the “Twitter”, according to the Yemeni Press Agency, said that it had monitored the killing of 3,182 children, including 2,795 males and 387 females in about 20 Yemeni governorates.
The report stated that 973 children were killed by US-Saudi artillery and airstrikes.
According to the report, 250 children were killed by live bullets and 152 by landmine explosions, while 9 other children were killed under torture.
In order to expose the complicity of the United Nations against the wasted right of childhood in Yemen, we will mention in this report only 10 crimes out of hundreds of inhumane crimes committed by the US-Saudi aggression against children in Yemen.
The image of “Napalm Child” was repeated in Yemen for a many Yemeni children who were running and screaming after burns suffered by the US-Saudi warplanes bombing the United Nations refugee and displaced persons camp in Hajjah governorate, with prohibited weapons.
On March 30, 2015, the US-Saudi warplanes killed at least 45 people, including women and children, and injured 250 others, including displaced Yemeni children and refugee children from Africa.
The image of the injured little girl Buthaina trying to open her injured eye with her hand provoked angry reactions, and she was the best witness to the ugly crimes committed by the US-Saudi against the children of Yemen.
The little girl Buthaina did not seek to open her eyes with her hands to see the light and escape from the darkness of the monstrous darkness only as much as those attempts were a message from her to the world to open in their eyes to see what the children of Yemen are suffering from.
Targeting Displaced Children
Yemeni children were not spared the killing while trying to escape from the inferno of battles. Dozens of them were killed on the roads while trying to flee from the southern Hodeidah governorate.
On June 26, 2018, US-Saudi warplanes targeted a bus carrying IDPs, in south of Hodeidah, killing 9 and wounding 11 others, most of whom were children and women.
On August 22, 2018, the warplanes bombed a house in Al-Durayhimi district, south of Al-Hodeidah governorate, killing 4 children, the next day, they killed 22 children and 4 women while were traveling to safe citis.
On June 6, 2019, the two-year-old girl, Maryam Amir, went to her grandfather’s house to spend the Eid days there, but the US-Saudi warplanes bombarded the house, killing the entire family.
Students, Schools Mostly Targeted
Students and schools have had the lion's share of the crimes committed by the US-Saudi aggression against the children of Yemen.
The girl, Ishraq, tried to crawl after the raids had amputated her feet towards her home to seek help from her family, but she couldn’t due to the severe bleeding resulting from the severe wounds she was suffering from.
The photographs that were taken of the body of the martyr Ishraq on the side of the road with one of her feet completely cut off depicted the tragic reality of the children of Yemen and the ugliness of the perpetrators of crimes against them amid the international community’s silence.
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