Children of Taiz recount their tragedy before an independent government commission of inquiry

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(Aden Al-Ghad) Consequences:

The leadership of the Yemeni Hodeidah Governorate reviewed with the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights the kidnappings to which civilians are subjected in Houthi-controlled areas and the suffering of residents in the south of the governorate as a result of the closure of the road connecting the Hays District to the Al-Jarrah District, while children in Taiz gave painful testimonies of their targeting by the coup group.

The government sources stated that the first deputy governor of Hodeidah Governorate, Walid Al-Qadimi, together with the director of security of the governorate, Brigadier General Najib Waraq, and the director of the human rights office in the governorate, Fathia Al-Maamari, met. in the Hays district on the lines of contact with the Houthi-controlled areas with the director of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Yemen, Renaud Detal. .

Yemeni officials provided a detailed explanation of the human rights situation in Hodeidah, including the areas still under control of the Houthis, and the ongoing kidnappings and arrests that civilians are suffering there, in addition to the targeting of residential communities in the liberated areas.

Officials in Hodeidah called on the United Nations to pressure the Houthis to open the Hays-Al-Jarrahi road; To alleviate the suffering of citizens, and to increase support for humanitarian projects in the liberated areas of the county.

For his part, Director of the Executive Center for Mine Action in the Governorate, Sami Hamid, made a video presentation to mine victims, and the methods and methods used by the Houthis to plant mines and blow up government facilities, roads and bridges.

Testimonies of children

On the other side of western Yemen, where Taiz Governorate is, the National Committee to Investigate Allegations of Human Rights Violations (an independent government) listened to live testimonies about patterns of violations against children during the armed conflict in the country, according to what was reported by Ishraq Al- Maqtari, a member of the committee.

Al-Maqtari stated that these sessions are part of the investigative mechanisms followed by the committee, through which the voices of child victims, their families, eyewitnesses, specialists and those with experience concerned with protecting children’s rights are heard.

According to Al-Maqtari, the sessions examine the reality of the violations that the child victims experienced, and the physical, health and psychological effects resulting from the violations to which they were exposed and witnessed, and support the evidence of the investigation with various live. testimonials

During the sessions, eight of the child victims who were subjected to serious violations during the current year that affected their right to physical and psychological integrity, the right to education, health and access to help, presented images of their cruel suffering that led to mutilation, torture, fear, terror, loss of security, access to medicine and food, and cessation of education.

Medical and legal certificates

In his testimony, Director of the Yemeni-Swedish Children’s Hospital, Sami Al-Sharabi, reviewed the direct and severe targeting of children’s hospitals protected by international conventions, which resulted in the deprivation of many children from access to them, especially premature babies and those in need of primary care, treatment and medicine, and the occurrence of some deaths.

While the Director of the Prosthetic Center in Taiz, Dr. Mansour Al-Wazi’i, presented statistics on the number of children whose limbs were amputated as a result of indiscriminate bombing and the explosion of individual mines in different children’s environments, and his most big important observations about the effects that appeared on this group of children, and the specificity of treating them to alleviate their suffering and integrate them with the rest of their peers and overcome the results of these violations.

Lawyer Radwan Shamsan of the “Monitoring Coalition” presented the most serious serious violations against children, especially the six violations that occurred against the children of Yemen and the number of child victims whose violations were documented and monitored.

In the same context, Mahmoud Al-Bakari, Deputy Director of the Office of Social Affairs and Labor in Taiz, reviewed the types of services provided by the office with the support of international donor organizations in the areas of protection and rehabilitation of child victims in coordination with local communities and civil society institutions, and called for increased interventions for the benefit of children.

The commission’s hearings varied according to live testimonies provided by victim associations and eyewitnesses in different residential areas of Yemen, and their direct observations and daily inspection of incidents of killing and injuring children while playing or going to school and preventing the arrival of help, except the experiences of some fathers and mothers of child victims in sewing zones in Overcoming risks to the life and safety of their children.

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