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UN pays Yemen teacher wages as millions out of school

AFP  |  Dubai 

The children's fund is paying some 100,000 teachers in Yemen, the UN said Sunday, as two million children go without in the war-torn country.

UNICEF has disbursed the equivalent of USD 50 per month to more than 97,000 eligible teachers and school staff, and aims to increase that figure to 136,000.

The UN estimates that out of seven million school-age children in over two million are not being educated as infrastructure has been destroyed or repurposed to house those displaced by the four-year conflict.

Salaries for teachers were suspended in 2016 as the war between the country's rebels and a government backed by a Saudi-led alliance brought the economy to a halt.

Schools in some areas have since reopened.

"The situation of Yemen's sector is daunting," said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF's regional director for the and

"Without a regular salary and due to the conflict and the ongoing economic crisis, teachers have been unable to commute to their schools or had to look for other livelihood opportunities to sustain their families."

Rights groups have warned the loss of poses a major threat to the well-being of children, who are at increased risk of being recruited into militias, forced into labour or married off young.

Yemen's Huthi rebels, linked to Iran, in 2014 drove the government out of the capital and south into Aden, hometown of

In March 2015, and its military allies intervened on behalf of the government, triggering what the UN now calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Some 10,000 Yemenis now face starvation, the UN says.

Around 10,000 people -- mostly civilians -- have been killed and more than 60,000 wounded since 2015, according to the

Rights groups say the real figure could be five times as high.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, March 10 2019. 21:45 IST