Yemen’s child soldiers fetch ammunition and bury bodies as war grinds on
Abdul Fateh’s childhood ended two years ago as he walked home from school.
Houthi rebels had seized his home city, Amran, leaving him and his family under the control of the militia which had quickly swept across Yemen.
As he and three friends walked back from lessons, an armed pickup truck driven by the fighters pulled alongside. They ordered the boys to join the group of similar schoolboys sitting in the back. If they did not, the fighters threatened to attack the boys’ homes.
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Overnight the slight 14-year-old was to go from schoolboy to one of thousands of child soldiers pressed into Yemen’s grinding civil war.
More than three years after the Houthi movement drove president Abd Rabbuh Mansour…
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