Children are the primary victims of the crisis. According to the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting on grave child rights violations, from March 2015 to March 2019, more than 7,522 children have been verified as killed or maimed since the start of the conflict and more than 3,309 boys have been recruited into armed forces and groups; however, the actual figures are likely to be higher. Children remain under extreme risk of death or injury from unexploded ordinances, landmines and explosive remnants of war.
More than 7,500 children have been verified as killed or maimed since the start of the conflict.
In 2018, the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting verified 1,321 incidents of grave violations against children. The escalation of hostilities in Al Hudaydah governorate resulted in a dramatic increase of children killed and injured because of the conflict. Specifically, data increased from around 100 child casualties in 2017 to over 500 child casualties in 2018.
The verification of recruitment and use of children decreased by 60 per cent in 2018 compared to 2017 due to security threats and access constraints on humanitarian actors and human rights monitors. Education and health related incidents increased by 56 per cent compared to the previous year; 46 per cent of the education and health related incidents were attacks on schools and hospitals and 44 per cent were the military use of schools and hospitals.