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UNICEF and Government of Yemen jointly launch the First Inter-Agency Comprehensive Child Protection Assessment Report in Conflict Affected Areas in the north of Yemen

SANA’A, 9 August 2010 – Today marks a major milestone in the annals of child rights in Yemen as the first ever consolidated Inter Agency Child Protection Assessment Report on conflict affected governorates was jointly launched by UNICEF and the Government of Yemen represented by Ministry of Social affairs and labor (MOSAL).

The main objectives of the Report which covered the governorates of Sa’ada, Hajja, Amran, Al-Jawf and Sana’a included; identifying the major child protection risks and challenges amongst affected and displaced children; identifying also positive coping skills amongst children; their families and communities and indentifying national and international responses and gaps in the field of child protection.

Commenting on the Report, the UNICEF Representative Geert Cappelaere stated that, “the content of the assessment must be a matter of concern for all players in the humanitarian and development landscape.  It serves as a clarion call for scale up in interventions and effective coordination of responses in order to protect the children of Yemen from all forms of abuse, exploitation and violence”, Mr Cappelaere concluded. 

Cataloguing some of the child rights violations of children in conflict affected areas, the Report highlights key issues regarding killings, injuries, disabilities, recruitment, detention, domestic violence, separation, abuse as well as sexual and economic exploitation of children.  Furthermore, the report highlighted concrete and key recommendations at all levels for follow up to ensure the protection of children from all forms of violence, abuse, exploitation and discrimination.

Her Excellency, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, Dr. Amat Elrazzaq Hummad, in her launching the Report emphasized “the urgent need to unify all efforts between the government of Yemen, UNI agencies, and NGO’s to take their responsibilities to address the recommendation of the study”. She added: “The government of Yemen and the President strongly support building peace in the North and start a process of reconstruction together with all efforts to rehabilitate and reintegrate children who suffered a lot during the last war”.

Mr. Adel Dabwan, Director of Social Protection Department at MOSAL who chaired the ceremony,“welcomed the finalization of the report and expressed the government commitment to continue its efforts to address all child protection concerns and gaps and follow up on its recommendations in cooperation with UNICEF” Mr. Dabwan added: “We are in the process of developing a national strategy on Child Protection in Emergencies and we will certainly take into our consideration all the recommendation of the assessment”.

The report was jointly compiled by the Child Protection sub-cluster in Yemen led by UNICEF in collaboration with Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MOSAL) as well as other Government Departments and ministries, UN agencies and national and international organisations working in conflict areas.

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Some key facts

  • 68% of children interviewed have been subjected to domestic violence
  • 8% of all abused children have admitted exposure to sexual exploitation perpetrated by host communities, aid workers and others
  • 7.9% of IDPs and affected families have had one child killed as a result of the conflict
  • 10.3% of children of these families have been injured as a direct result of the fighting from both sides of the conflict
  • 21% of children reported that they saw someone being injured or wounded
  • 7.1% had witnessed someone being killed
  • 10.2% of families reported that their children had been subjected to detention by both sides of the conflict
  • More than 15% of the fighters from Al-Houthi and tribal militias are Children below 18 yrs.
  • 2.1% of displaced and affected families have indicated that  at least one of their children is still missing
  • High illiteracy levels amongst care givers in displaced and affected regions, 73% of fathers and 85% of mothers are illiterate  without appropriate learning or educational opportunities

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For more information please contact:
Alison Parker, Ag Head of Communication, UNICEF Yemen,
Tel + 967 711684557 
aparker@unicef.org

George Abu Al-Zulof, Child Protection Specialist - Justice to Children, UNICEF Yemen,
Tel + 967 712223013, 
galzulof@unicef.org


 

 

 

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