Education of 4.5M children in Yemen threatened by ongoing conflict

Education is on the line for 4.5 million children in war-torn Yemen.

The fighting between the Saudi-led military coalition and the Houthi rebels has left many colleges and schools damaged or destroyed, with others closed out of fear.

“For those children who can attend school, malnutrition and the trauma of displacement and violence have seriously affected their ability to learn,” Cappelaere said.

Officials fear that without schools, which can provide a safe haven for the vulnerable, children could be susceptible to recruitment for fighting or early marriage.

ABC News’ Morgan Winsor contributed to this report.