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IN PICTURES: King Salman Center rehabilitates 40 children recruited by Houthis

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Forty Yemeni children have been taken in by the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid after they were recruited by the Houthi militia as child soldiers.

The Center held a ceremony in the Yemeni city of Maarib to celebrate the rehabilitation of the children.

The children were returned to school and reintroduced to their peers, thanks to an integrated project implemented in the governorates of Maarib and Al-Jawf.

The center, through a specialized institute, rehabilitated the children, 20 each from Maarib and Al-Jawf, as a first stage, within a wider protection project for child soldiers under the age of 15.

According to the center, they will receive, psychological, educational, social and sports courses for a period of one month, supervised by qualified psychologists, all according to international standards for reintegration programs.

More than 10,000 children have been conscripted by Houthis to fight in their ranks, according to Yemeni government estimates.