“When the Houthis turn half of a whole class of university students from a single department into mere pictures of dead people sitting in their graduation seats, then we are facing a real disaster and a serious terrorist project.”
This is what one Yemeni activist said about a picture of a graduation ceremony showing photos of would-be university graduates who were killed by Houthi militias.
The picture was taken at the graduation ceremony of the College of the Arts at the University of Dhamar. It showed almost half the seats of the graduating class were empty, with only pictures of the students who died at the hands of the Houthi militias who are known to force young men to join their ranks.
The number of those dead from this particular class were 55, written on each their pictures was the word ‘martyr’, followed by their names and the Houthi fronts where they were killed.
According to spectators, the atmosphere at the ceremony, which was meant to be full of joy, was similar to that of a funeral. The parents of the deceased were in attendance.
Houthi militias have been targeting high school and university students, and forcing them to join their ranks, taking advantage of their parents’ poor living conditions to manipulate them.