Yemen News Agency ( SABA)

Childhood war ... And aggression of innocence

Childhood war ... And aggression of innocence


SANAA, Nov. 22 (Saba) - Far from the alarming statistics of death, poverty and below the alarming poverty line that classifies our poor and poorest children until they reach the bottom of the stomachs of the hungry and hungriest.

Far from the reports of international organizations and their tragic predictions of the deep wounds of Yemen's children, which are in danger of leaving, displaced and disease, and steps far removed from the numbers of pandemics, epidemics and diseases that have claimed the lives of children, we are approaching an optimistic step of World Children's Day without going through war and absurdity. In these lines, we will not literally ignore its effects and consequences and violate the innocence of the 15 million children who have been in pain.

The lines of (Saba) moved between a group of children and those interested in the field of childhood and explored childish opinions, many of which do not understand the meaning of right and rights after more than four years of aggression that destroyed everything beautiful even the simple dream and the possibility of achieving it for the middle class student Abdul Rahman waives him by saying "We want to live only".

The right to life, as Abdul Rahman described it, is a general right for all Yemeni children, as he said on the school radio, which was devoted to a day by the way.

Early maturity

When the eight-year-old Maryam learned that there was a day of childhood, she was long smiling and wondered about the situation of adults on this day?

Since it is special for children, Maryam says the adults go out, she doesn't know where, but she's decided to go out and stay only for the little ones. Ammar, the brother who is one year older than Maryam, kept looking at the sarcasm of his sister's face as if she were years older, not just a year to interrupt her talk and delirium, as he put it, "She only dreams."

Maryam has many wishes other than the beautiful house, candy and colorful balloons, unlike her brother Ammar, who seems realistic and decisive in his words that the motorcycle will get from it if he gets it and can "turn around".

The ninth graders at Arwa Girls' School, Ahlam and Noha, objected to the word "rights" and a world day for children and sarcastically asked whether there was a childhood in the country of war.

Ahlam says timidly we have grown up and age has passed fast and we only want a quiet life for adults and children.

Post-traumatic effects

Professor Huda works as a psychologist in a school in the capital Sana'a and believes that what the children of Yemen have been subjected to during the past four years is not very small and that she has many female students whose level of education was affected by the aggression that rained his rocket day and night on the country and did not exclude a neighborhood, school or house Or a government institution other than tampering with its sacredness and from the point of view of its specialization and study, all the effects of war and trauma will become clear in the long run and not in recent periods, which is known in psychiatry as the term post-traumatic.

The psychologist Huda emphasizes that parents should be aware of responsibility in this aspect and that it is necessary to follow up psychologists especially for a number of children who have some previous psychological problems and that these psychological traumas caused by the war reinforce the psychological and social trauma sought in the child and this is what Teacher Huda touched for some students, especially young ones, in the decline of many of them at the level of study and love of study and attention and excellence and sometimes may reach the refusal to go to school.


In the tour of Al-Ruwaishan in the center of the capital Sana'a, Khaled al-Hamzi( 12 years) hangs his modest rug on his neck and his simple goods vary between frankincense and paper napkins and cheap candy as he comments a lot on the near future that there will be something that fate hide it from him and many of those of his age and Khaled does not see  the need Concern about this future which is already in God's hands as stated in his comment.

Early obedience

Wasan a five-year-old girl who spends long hours between the iPads and the mobile phone browsing series, childish clips and electronic games that she admits is "ridiculous" but only to waste time, she wants a wooden house that moves from one place to another with big balloons and travels in her house wooden away and only come back when her mother needed her "early obedience."

Farah and Mohammed, her brother, who arrived from the airport in Hodeidah, were also revealed after a long silence and did not answer as if they were an expression of rejection by speech and participation; Farah shouted in the colloquial dialect, "We want a house, we don’t want war."

Care opportunities

Christine, the ICRC's child protection adviser, spoke in an interview with the Committee for the Protection of Children, and that one of the factors that makes children extremely vulnerable is the state of war, and if children show undescribed strength and adaptability, they remain small. Their age is more vulnerable.

She pointed out that the war exposes children to a wide range of risks, some of which are difficult to imagine, including orphaning, death, injury, displacement and separation from families, and the loss of access to health care is another factor that would expose children to the greatest risks because it may lead to death or leave long traces.


Jibril remains the fourth child waiting for his brother martyr who will come loaded with sweets as his mother convinced him and although he gets a lot of them as reported, waiting for the candy of the martyr tastes different for Jibril, who has no brother other than Jalal, who is absent from the defense of the homeland.

 Sharing the pain

The lines of Saba approached of who were lucky and destiny, and the war did not kidnap them a friend or a relative, and their tragedies were not renewed with a painful memory renewed by history, day or event. To announce that the high school student Hanan that these occasions do not give it any attention in our country because what is happening on the ground is much greater than the violation and infringement of rights and freedoms and that the aggression attacked everything beautiful whether it was related to childhood or maturity in her words, which later became clear that Hanan participated strongly in her school's human rights activities and events, she represents her class students on all occasions.

"My family has not lost victims in this aggression, but everyone has a common denominator of pain, United and sharing the pain," Hanan said.

Saba concludes its lines on World Children's Day by playing a symphony of numbers and statistics that have been repeatedly echoed by international organizations, most recently UNICEF, which has revealed that more than 12 million children per child in Yemen need help. Urgent humanity.


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