Yemen: Conflict drives recruitment of child soldiers

In Yemen, increased tensions between government troops and other armed groups have led to an increase in the recruitment of child soldiers, according to Yemeni NGOs. Seyaj Organization for Childhood Protection (SOCP) said that while the exact number of child soldiers is unknown, it is likely to be several thousand. According to the UN, an estimated 20% of fighters in the al-Houthi rebel movement and 15% in tribal militia groups affiliated with the government are children.The UN Secretary-General’s annual report on ‘Children and Armed Conflict’ provides information on those who recruit and use, kill and maim or commit rape and other forms of sexual violence against children in conflict..