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Yemen crisis: Blitzkrieg of problems for stranded Indian sailors

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Sana’a: Despite being assured on safe evacuation by Ministry of External Affairs, it appears sailors in Yemen are yet to get any assistance from Indian government.

According to a PTI report, one sailor in his audio message has spoken of a deadlock as “no help has reached” them and they are being bombed with war-planes.

Even after a fortnight, 70 Indians have been stuck in the war-torn country of Yemen. “We are still stranded here. No help has reached us. The situation here is very bad. We were on the boat when they launched air strike, it landed very close to us, if it landed any closer to us we would have been killed,” the report revealed as it quoted a stranded Indian in the audio message.

“I am an Indian. My name is Sikandar. We are at Khokha port. They have lobbed three rockets and we somehow managed to save ourselves. We are running here and there to save ourselves,” the victim stated.

“We are 70 Indians stranded here along with five ships. They have been bombarding us with warplanes. Please help us. We are Indians. We are in great difficulty. They will kill us. Please save us,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External affairs has assured that initiatives are being taken for the stranded Indian sailors’ safe rescue.

“Our mission in Yemen (Camp Office in Djibouti) is aware of the situation and taking steps to ensure safe evacuation of Indians,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup asserted.

As many as 70 seamen from the coastal village of Mandavi in Kutch and from Jodiya and Salaya villages of Jamnagar got trapped for over 15 days now at Khokha port in Yemen. All of them had gone to deliver cargo in five boats, a sailors’ group stated in Gujarat and made an appeal to the government for their rescue.

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The Biggest Casualty In Yemen’s War- Education

Yemen also suffers from a shortage of learning facilities.

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Girls attend a class at their school damaged by a recent Saudi-led air strike, in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemen.VOA

The school year in Yemen is officially underway. But, the U.N. children’s fund reports the country’s ongoing civil war is keeping millions of children out of the classroom.

More than three years of fighting between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels is having a devastating impact on children’s health and well-being. The U.N. reports more than 11 million children or 80 percent of the country’s children are dependent upon humanitarian aid.

Another major casualty of the war is children’s education. The U.N. children’s fund says the education sector is on the brink of collapse because of conflict, political divisions and chronic underdevelopment.

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UNICEF: Education a Major Casualty of Yemen’s War.

As a consequence, UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac said around two million children are not going to school this year. Furthermore, he said nearly four million primary school children soon may not be able to get an education because of a severe shortage of teachers.

“About 67 percent of public school teachers — and this is across the country — have not been paid for nearly two years. Many have looked for other work to survive or are only teaching a few subjects. So, obviously, the quality of education is at stake. Children are not getting their full lessons due to the absence of their teachers. Even when schools are functioning, the schools’ days and years are shortened.”

Yemen also suffers from a shortage of learning facilities. UNICEF reports more than 2,500 schools have been damaged or destroyed by the war. Many schools also are being used as shelters for displaced people and some have been taken over by armed groups.

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FILE – A supporter carries posters depicting Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi during a rally in Sana’a, Yemen, March 6, 2015.
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The agency warns children who are out of school run many dangers. It notes boys are at risk of being used as child soldiers. It estimates more than 2,600 children have been recruited by all armed groups.

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UNICEF says girls are likely to be married off at an early age. A 2016 survey finds close to three quarters of women in Yemen have been married before the age of 18, and 44.5 percent before the age of 15. (VOA)