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Yemeni mothers say Houthis ‘not providing Ramadan meals’ for abducted children

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The Mothers of Abductees Association in Hodeidah, west of Yemen, held a protest on Monday to demand the release of their abducted and forcibly disappeared children in Houthi prisons.

In a statement issued during the protest, the mothers of the abductees accused the Houthis of not providing their children with food and water for the Iftar and Suhoor meals of Ramadan and of “physical elimination” and of violating their dignities.

“Our sons tolerate pain in this scorching heat and bear physical and psychological torture and deliberate negligence of their health conditions every Ramadan,” they said in the statement.

The mothers called on humanitarian and human rights organizations and the UN envoy to Yemen to quickly intervene to release all those kidnapped and forcibly disappeared and demanded resolving their case without setting any conditions or restrictions.

They also held the Houthis responsible for the safety of those kidnapped and held in their prisons and noted that the statute of limitation does not apply to the violations they’re committing as they will be held accountable.

The Houthi militia has kidnapped thousands of activists, journalists and citizens who oppose its project ever since it invaded the capital Sanaa in 2014. Some were killed as a result of the brutal torture while many continue to suffer from human rights’ violations in secret detention centers and prisons in Houthi-held areas.