Recruitment of Children as a Crime in National and International Law [Blog from Musaala]

Author: Mohammed Abd Rabbo Nasser, Journalist and Human Rights Activist

Mothers used to say to their children: “War is fueled by men.” Mothers were directed their children not to rush in reactions, and this is a clear signal that people in the past were trying to spare their children and women the bitterness of wars, whether these wars were tribal or clan wars.

This saying no longer exists in our current culture, especially the last twenty years, not because mothers no longer guide their children, but because the current wars no longer exclude anyone, including children, women, the elderly and civilians.

I am not here in comparing old customs and traditions with modern laws that came with the aim of regulating the state of war between the parties to the conflict, but here I tried to start this article with this old saying in order to put the reader in the image of the current conflict in Yemen, which has not only affected the high numbers of victims, but also the impact of this conflict even on the culture and values of society. While tribal conflicts were trying to spare young people from being affected by these conflicts, today children and women have become major tools in the war, in addition to being the most affected groups.

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