A study conducted by the British Save the Children and published today, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 AD, showed that five years of war in Yemen left a “devastating effect” on the mental health of an entire generation of children in this country, and pushed a number of them to the brink of depression.
More than half of the children surveyed said they felt sad and depressed.
According to the study, “one out of five children said that he always felt afraid and sad.”
This study comes at a time when the emerging Coronavirus threatens the already poor health system due to the five-year-old war.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the worst humanitarian crisis in the world has not yet been recorded, but there is great fear that the epidemic, if it reaches the poorest countries of the Arabian Peninsula, will cause a human catastrophe.
The organization said it had interviewed 629 children between the ages of 13 and 17, and 627 parents and other caregivers in the governorates of Aden, Lahj and Taiz in Yemen.
According to the study conducted in recent months, the largest of its kind since the start of the conflict in Yemen, 52% of children said they did not feel safe when they were away from their parents, while 56% said they did not feel safe if they walked alone.
More than 7,522 children have been killed and maimed in the past five years, according to the report. The report said that about 2.1 million children under the age of five are suffering from acute malnutrition.
The conflict has also forced two million children from their homes, and at least two million children have been forced to not go to school.
The statement quoted the organization’s CEO, Enger Ashing, as saying that “the children we spoke to are terrified.”
“This is what five years of war on the mental health of children are doing,” he added.
The organization warned that with the spread of Covid-19 disease globally, “the potential devastating threat of the spread of the Corona virus emerging in Yemen makes taking urgent measures to pressure the parties to end the war more important than ever.”