In an interview with Al Arabiya, children with special needs revealed how they were exploited at the hands of Houthi militias in Yemen.
The children said that they were kidnapped by the Houthi militias and used as human shields.
The young children told stories of pain, especially the story of Abbas. He lost one of his arms in his early years and was abducted by the militias to be exploited as a human shield for the militias along with other children.
Abbas’s story is no different from the dozens of other children whose rights have been violated on a daily bases by militant elements in Yemen.
The most disturbing part about these children is that they are below the age of 15 and that most them have been abducted and forcibly recruited.
Several previous human rights reports have revealed serious abuses by Houthi militias, including enforced disappearances and torture in prisons where dozens of prisoners have been tortured.
Activists also spoke about secret prisons in Sanaa, where the number of detainees and those who were abducted remain unknown.