The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said: “The living conditions of millions of children in Yemen are a disgrace. There is no excuse for these dark realities in the 21st centur.
It urges all parties meeting in Sweden this week and on all countries with influence to settle for peace immediately
UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, Geert Cappelaere, in a statement at the end his visit to Yemen: " Wars, deep economic crises and decades of underdevelopment have not spared a single girl or boy in Yemen. The suffering of children is all man-made."
He added: "Toll of almost four years of war across Yemen is mind-boggling, with more than 2,700 children have been recruited to fight in the adult war, and we have realized that more than 6,700 children have been killed or seriously wounded. Over 6,700 children were verified killed or severely injured. Nearly 1.5 million children have been displaced, many of them living a life that is a mere shadow of what childhood should be.
Yemen has been racked by armed conflict which broke out after the Houthis had ousted the internationally recognised government in late 2014.
Cappelaere said in the statement seen by "Debriefer" news agency that Every day, 400,000 children are at risk of severe malnutrition and are at risk of dying at any moment, pointing that more than 2 million children do not go to school, and those who go to school are facing poor quality education in overcrowded classrooms.
He said: "Only when engaging with the children directly does one realise how numerous and deep the scars are. Behind the numbers, there are children with names, faces, families, friends, stories, shattered dreams and lives cut short."
"Do these numbers - and the stories behind them - actually matter? They should have shocked the world into action long ago. The current war and the economic crisis are making an already dire situation much, much worse. The interests of Yemeni children have hardly been taken into account in any decision-making for decades.", the statement read.
"Today, almost every single child in Yemen depends on humanitarian assistance to survive. Support from UNICEF and other humanitarian partners is literally saving lives and giving children a glimmer of hope.", Cappelaere confirmed.
"UNICEF is expanding its response, including the delivery of therapeutic support to malnourished children, increasing the number of treatment centres and training community health workers to identify early stages of malnutrition and refer children to the treatment they urgently need. Tireless efforts continue to prevent children from getting sick, including an ongoing polio vaccination campaign that has reached over 4 million children so far.
Cappelaere said “Yemen today is the largest humanitarian operation for UNICEF in the world. To continue responding to children’s needs, UNICEF requires more than half a billion US $ for its operations in 2019.
He added: “But humanitarian assistance alone is not the solution to this enormous man-made crisis. The only way out of this mayhem is through a man-made political settlement and massive re-investment in Yemen with children at the centre."
The conflict escalated after a Saudi-led military coalition intervened militarily in the country in March 2015.
Yemen is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The conflict has left nearly 10,000 people dead in Yemen, already the Arab world's poorest country and more than 22 million people in Yemen are in need of aid - 8.4 million of whom are on the brink of starvation, according to the United Nations.