Umm Muhammad’s tears did not stop falling as she followed the news of the death of the Moroccan child Rayan in the well in which he fell. It was suitable for him due to the poor living conditions, and he breathed his last in her arms in the government clinic devoid of the simplest necessary equipment.
With a trembling mouth, Umm Muhammad says, “I could not find anything to feed him other than cold soup and water. His body could not bear much, so he collapsed in my arms and closed his clear eyes without media or cameras. He left the world as quietly as he came quietly and was a very light guest.”
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 10,000 Yemeni children have been killed or maimed since September 2014, after the Houthi coup.
Following his visit to Yemen, UNICEF spokesman James Elder said at a United Nations briefing meeting in Geneva on October 21, last year, “The conflict in Yemen has reached a shameful stage,” stressing that seven years ago, 10,000 children had been killed or maimed, meaning The equivalent of 4 children per day.
The video that was reported by the media at the end of last year about the eight-month-old child “Ammar”, whose father tried to help him by walking barefoot for a distance of 12 kilometers in Hajjah governorate until he reached the nearest health center and doctors tried to save him after suffering from severe malnutrition But Ammar died, and the father came out carrying the body of his infant son, with a convulsive face filled with tears, and the pioneers of social networking sites at the time attributed the death of the child as a result of the distance and the rugged road and the poor condition of the parents who were unable to save their child, and the sites were ignited with angry tweets from the Houthi policy that took place tragedies and wars in Yemen. And it caused the largest humanitarian disaster in the world, according to the description of the United Nations.
Children of the fronts
The tragedies of Yemen’s children are not limited to starvation or under the rubble only. There are also “children on the frontlines” who are driven to death by the thousands every day after being recruited by the Houthi militia under pressure of poverty and extortion or as a result of sectarian mobilization and brainwashing, and human rights activist “Nashwan Al-Sami’i” believes that Large numbers of children are killed on the frontlines in uglier ways than the death of the martyred child Rayan, may God have mercy on him. “.
Silence and complicity
Away from the children of the frontlines, Abdul Rahman refuses to remove the picture of his young son, “Raafat” from the wall, despite the passage of four years since his death from the wounds he sustained as a result of the Houthi militia’s bombing of their house in the “Sina” neighborhood in the city of Taiz, and this incident caused his displacement to Sana’a with of his remaining children.
He added, “I was the first in solidarity with the martyred child Rayan, may God have mercy on him, and I wished that I was in his place and not ransom for my soul, but in Yemen we face sad tragedies against the children, and they are hundreds. There are more than Rayan dying in Yemen with the silence and complicity of the international community.”
He pointed to his son’s photo, “In Morocco, the well was filled in and the children became safe. In Yemen, there is no safety or peace for children except with the demise of this terrorist group.”
And between death by starvation and sniping and under rubble On the frontlines, the tragedy of the children of Yemen remains the most Blackest in modern history and classified internationally as bad in the world, and sad occasions, such as the tragedy of the child Rayan, come to remind the global conscience of the children stuck in the well of sectarianism and extremism eight years ago.