Yemeni Christian Parents Face Increasing Pressure to Provide for Children in Brutal Environment

Approximately 8 children are caught in the cross-hairs of Yemen’s conflict every day. (Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Following a short lull, renewed fighting in Yemen killed around 400 people last month. Houthi forces backed by Iran are fighting Yemen’s Internationally Recognized Government (IRG) for control of Marib, a key city in northern Yemen, raising fear among the two million Internally Displaced People (IDPs) who’ve fled there from other frontline cities.

Meanwhile, Houthi forces based in Sana’a, the historic Yemeni capital, have also made advances against IRG forces in al-Baydha province. The Houthis also claim to have defeated forces belonging to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Al Baydha, with those AQAP fighters now said to have moved into Abyan and Shebwa provinces, further increasing instability in the South.

Earlier in September, Hans Grundberg, the Special Envoy for Yemen told the UN Security Council, “From unrelenting violence to fuel and electricity shortages to surging food prices, every detail of daily life in Yemen is somehow tied to difficult political questions that demand a comprehensive resolution.”

According to Grunberg, “Yemenis all over the country live with severe limitations on their freedom of movement and of the movement of essential goods due to ongoing fighting, checkpoints, road, port, and airport restrictions.” He also explained that state institutions have split apart, hobbling the economy and leaving citizens and businesses to “navigate dizzying and often contradictory administrative requirements.”

He warned that the “economic warfare…is sowing devastating long-term consequences.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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