As winter approaches, international organisations working in Yemen are finding an opportunity to review and show the tragedies of childhood in Yemen, although the suffering of Yemen’s children has not stopped since the start of the Saudi-led aggression against the country.
According to most social researchers, what connects Yemeni children to childhood is only their age, due to the suffering that forces them to bear the burdens that only adults can afford.
Last Friday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said it needed $14.3 million to help nearly 500,000 people in Yemen to cope with the cold of the coming winter.
The winter represents an extraordinary challenge for relief organizations in Yemen, especially as more and more families have been displaced from their homes due to the ongoing military clashes in the country for nearly six years.
The Humanitarian Council in Sana’a announced on Friday that the number of displaced people in the country reached four million in 2020.
In a statement issued last year, UNICEF said the number of displaced children in Yemen had reached 2 million.
Children in Yemen, especially those displaced, face difficult living conditions, many of whom live in camps that lack the most basic sustenance, and sometimes have to travel a long way to get drinking water.
During the harsh winter in Yemen’s mountainous and desert regions, children and their families live in tents that have been torn apart by weather conditions and are no longer able to maintain a livable temperature during winter.