Arab Coalition: 86 child soldiers recruited by Houthis return to families

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The Arab Coalition said in a statement on Saturday that 86 children have been handed over to their families after they were recruited as child soldiers by the Houthi militia in Yemen.

The Coalition expressed concern over the abuse and recruitment of children by the Iran-backed militia.

The statement said that the militia were continuing its campaign of child recruitment for fighting in the Yemen war.

Arab Coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki told Al Arabiya on Saturday that the Houthi militia takes advantage of poor living conditions in Yemen to recruit child soldiers.

The Coalition stressed that the safety of Yemeni children was a priority, as well as ensuring that they were not affected by the war.

The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action has continued to rehabilitate Yemeni children who were recruited by the Houthi militia to counter the psychological damage they suffered in order to return them to their families.

A rehabilitation course for 27 children is currently under way in Maarib governorate. A total of 161 children have so far been rehabilitated by the center.

These children receive psychoogical, social and educational rehabilitation. The program aims to rehabilitate the estimated 2,000 children recruited by the Houthi militias, who deprived them of their childhood and rights to education.

A group of doctors, psychologists, social workers and educators are part of the teams working to get the children out of a bad mental state after being subjected to a process of forced recruitment for battle.

The rehabilitation programs include recreational and cultural activities and meaningful competitions.

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