MA’RIB, YEMEN: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) held a ceremony recently to celebrate the completion of the third cycle of the seventh and eighth phases of its Child Soldiers Rehabilitation Project. The center was proud to recognize the 26 children who participated in the program, all of whom received extensive psychological, social, and educational services during their one-month residence at the center.
The Governor of Ma'rib, Ali Mohammed Al Fatmi, and a number of public officials from the local governorate attended the ceremony. The children themselves spoke about their traumatic experiences during the ongoing conflict in their country, and also talked about the ways in which the program has improved their outlook for the future.
Al Fatmi congratulated the children on completing the program, and thanked KSrelief for its ongoing efforts to provide comprehensive assistance to all Yemenis.
Following the completion of the residential portion of the program, the children will return to their families, schools and communities; many of the former child soldiers have spent years away from their homes after being forcibly conscripted by Houthi militias to serve in the armed conflict. Other participants lost parents in the conflict, while some lost limbs following encounters with landmines planted by the Houthis.