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A total of 13 children, who were captured on frontlines bordering Saudi Arabia in recent months, have entered the new program

Ex-child soldiers enter rehabilitation center in Marib

The Office of Social Affairs and Labor (OSAL) in Marib governorate has started rehabbing a new batch of Houthi child soldiers captured in war zones. 

A total of 13 children, who were captured on war fronts bordering Saudi Arabia in recent months, have been released to the rehabilitation program, the commander of the Military Police Branch in Marib, Brig. Gen. Naji Munif, said in a press statement.

The former child conscripts will receive psychological, learning and social programs for three months, said OSAL Director Hassan Al-Shabwani.

The local authority in Marib set up the rehab center, to help reintegrate the children into society. It is the first of its kind in Yemen.

Both the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi rebels have sent children into combat in violation of international human rights conventions, an investigation by the Associated Press last year showed. But the Houthis are believed to have recruited many more children than the coalition — often forcibly.

The Houthis inducted 18,000 child soldiers into their ranks since the beginning of Yemen’s war in 2014, a senior Houthi military official told the AP.


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