Houthis shut down private schools due to “co-education”

Houthis shut down private schools due to “co-education”

Alsahwa Net- The Iran-backed  Houthi rebels have closed a number of private schools under the pretext of co-education.

Yemeni activist claim that the Houthis close schools in order to recruit more children and send them to battlefields.

In the sidelines of the 42nd Session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in Geneva, a group of Yemeni human rights defenders have shared some of children’s plight in Yemen.

The most serious issue that threatens childhood in Yemen is the continuous military recruitment of children by the Iran-backed Houthis, according to three human rights activists who spoke in a symposium organized by Union of Foreign Communities on the issue.

Until now, the Houthis have recruited over than 18,000 children, according to Arwa Al-Khatabi, a Yemeni female human rights activist.

Al-Khatabi explained that military recruitment has been the main cause of death of nearly 6,000 children since the fighting broke out early 2015.

Tribal leaders are the coordinators of children military recruitment who do it for obtaining money or public posts from the Houthis de facto authority, according to Al-Khatabi.

Al-Khatabi demanded the international community to force the Houthis to stop children military recruitment and support creation of rehabilitation centers to provide psychological and medical care to children who were exposed to violence.

She added that public education and schools must be distant from any use other than learning and study.

 

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