In honor of World Children’s Day on November 20, the Communications and Media Center for the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affaris released a short video about Saudi efforts to rehabilitate child soldiers forced into combat by Houthi militias in Yemen.
Houthi militias have deprived more than 4.5 million Yemeni children of an education. The video interviews one former child soldier who states that “Houthis told us ‘we will give you weapons to fight off ISIS.”
Yemeni children have been taken in by the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid after they were recruited by the Houthi militia as child soldiers. The Center held a ceremony in the Yemeni city of Maarib to celebrate the rehabilitation of the children. The children were returned to school and reintroduced to their peers, thanks to an integrated project implemented in the governorates of Maarib and Al-Jawf.
KSRelief, through a specialized institute, rehabilitated the children, 20 each from Maarib and Al-Jawf, as a first stage, within a wider protection project for child soldiers under the age of 15. According to the KSRelief, they will receive, psychological, educational, social and sports courses for a period of one month, supervised by qualified psychologists, all according to international standards for reintegration programs.