More violence in Yemen’s Hudaydah will push children further into the abyss

Statement from UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

21 September 2018
A girl lies in hospital in Hodeidah, Yemen
On 9 June 2018 in Yemen, an injured girl is treated at Althawra Hospital in Hodeidah. She was hurt, along with her brothers and her uncle, while the family tried to escape the fighting in Aljah area, Bait Alfaqih district, Hodeidah.

NEW YORK, 21 September 2018 – “Renewed violence in Hudaydah is yet another blow to peace efforts in Yemen, a country sliding further into chaos and misery.

“Escalating hostilities are putting thousands of children living in and around the area at imminent risk of injury or death. Airstrikes and ground fighting could also lead to new waves of displacement and interruptions to the supply of safe drinking water.

“As access to essential goods and services is already severely limited across much of Yemen, the impact of further violence could be catastrophic, with Hudaydah port being a critical point of entry for life-saving humanitarian supplies, fuel and commercial goods that much of the country depends on for survival.

“The world has issued loud and clear appeals for the port to be spared. These calls must be honoured. The lives of tens of thousands of children are at stake.

“It is not too late to go back to the negotiating table and rally behind the UN Special Envoy’s peace efforts.

“At least 6,500 children have been killed or injured in Yemen since the conflict escalated three years ago. Only peace can put an end to this bloodshed. Until it comes, we call for maximum restraint from the parties to spare human life and allow for humanitarian access.” 

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