5,000 Yemen Children Killed or Wounded in War Since 2015

UNICEF: Nearly Every Yemeni Child Dependent on Aid

A new report on he nearly three year long US-backed Saudi invasion of Yemen has left more than 5,000 Yemeni children killed or wounded, with large numbers of the casualties the result of Saudi airstrikes.

Incredibly, the 5,000 child casualties, meaning an average of five children a day over the 1,000-day conflict, is just the tip of the iceberg, as a Saudi naval blockade has kept food and medicine out of large portions of the country.

UNICEF’s figures also estimated some 400,000 children are currently suffering from severe malnutrition from lack of food, 2,000,000 children have no access to school because of displacement and destroyed schools.

Perhaps the scariest figure, however, was that 11 million Yemeni children, which is roughly all of them, are entirely dependent on humanitarian aid for their survival. Given how difficult it is to get that aid in, especially in northern Yemen, all the other figures are just going to keep growing.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.