Yemeni children go to work instead of school

In Yemen, where there has long been political instability, there have been clashes between Iranian-backed Houthis and government-linked forces. The Houthis have been in control of the capital, Sanaa, and some areas since September 2014, but Saudi-led coalition forces have been supporting the Yemeni government against the Houthis since March 2015.

More than 233,000 people have been killed in nearly seven years of conflict in Yemen. The humanitarian crisis caused by the civil war in Yemen, one of the world’s poorest countries, has reached alarming proportions. According to the United Nations, 80 percent of Yemen’s population, which has one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises, needs humanitarian assistance and protection.

Schools have become headquarters or shelters

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 8.1 million children in Yemen are in dire need of educational assistance. More than 523,000 school-age refugee children also have difficulty accessing education due to lack of adequate classrooms. According to UNICEF, conflict in the country has a direct negative impact on education. Although many schools have been damaged by the fighting, some have been turned into headquarters or refugee camps by warring factions. Although UNICEF provides a variety of assistance for school-age refugee children, these are not enough.

In the Mualla district of Aden, the temporary capital controlled by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) -backed Southern Transitional Council (GGK), most children are trying to make a living as workers instead of students.

Although internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have come to the so-called “refugee camps” from conflict areas and are trying to survive, need humanitarian assistance, children also need education. School-age children go to work every morning instead of school and try to support their families. Children, most of whom are orphans, contribute to the livelihood of their working families.

The school-age boy goes to another town for work

Yemeni mother Siham Hassan, 35, who immigrated from Hudaydah, explained that they were trying to survive in Mualla with her two sons, Adil, 15, and Rag, 13.

Hassan revealed that in addition to leaving their homes, they are in a difficult situation as refugees and that he and his children are unable to continue their education.

They had no standard of living where they lived in Mualla; The young mother said people built temporary huts out of wood, timber and steel, adding that the government or humanitarian agencies ignored the refugees here.

Enrolled children are not admitted to school.

Although he lost his wife during the war and left home to take refuge here, the government schools here do not accept refugee children for various reasons, he said. All the paperwork was left in our house, which we had to leave behind. “Despite my best efforts, I was unable to get the children into school, so my eldest son wanted to. To work for a living, so I gave him permission. Despite her young age, her schooling dreams were shattered and she moved to Mehra to work, “he said.

Hassan said he was upset that his son had moved to another city for work.

“The thing that bothers me the most is that my children are deprived of education.”

Revealing that his university, where he studied Islamic Sciences, was left unfinished, Hassan said he was worried about his children’s future and that he was sorry they were deprived of their school and educational life.

“We have been living here for 4 years with my 2 sons, my sick mother, 2 sisters and 3 nephews. Although we do not have the simplest standard of living, what bothers me the most is that my children are deprived of education.”

“No health and education services”

Nur Ahmed, 55, who immigrated from the city of Taiz, is one of the mothers facing similar problems. Ahmed said, “We have moved to Mualla. We have nothing here but body-covered clothes. Unfortunately, everyone has given up on us. Neither the government nor the aid agencies have stood by us.”

Ahmed, who is trying to live here with his four children, said: “There is no shelter, no food, no drinking, no electricity. There are no health and education services. The only sign that we are alive is that we can only move. There is no help from, so most refugee children are unable to make a living and live with their families. “They have to work in jobs that are beyond their means or have to beg for support,” he said.

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