Child Soldiers Used In Yemen

Since September 2014, when the Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, took control of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, they have more and more used children as scouts, guards, runners, and fighters, with some children being wounded and killed. In recent months, journalists in Yemen have reported seeing boys between 14 and 16 with rifles and handguns fighting for Houthi forces and other armed groups. One described seeing a 7-year-old boy at a Houthi checkpoint in Sanaa with a military assault rifle. Human Rights Watch interviewed a recruiter from Houthis. The recruiter said he was planning to return to the front lines with two child fighters, both 14, including his own nephew. The nephew told Human Rights Watch he had joined the Houthis in May 2014 and was currently an armed guard. He was shot in the chest last July during fighting between the Houthis and the Yemeni army’s 310th Brigade, but the wound had healed. The disregard for the safety of the children is horrible. Something needs to be done about this and fast before before more children get hurt or even killed! What do you think could be done?

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