Yemen: Schools

International Development written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that schools in Yemen remain open.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

We are acutely aware of the multiple problems facing Yemeni children who want to go to school. In Sana'a we know of 32 schools occupied by armed forces. The defence attaché and chargé d'affaires are actively lobbying both sides to ask them to leave and allow children to return to school. We are also monitoring the overall situation closely and remain in regular contact with UNICEF about what we can do to address this problem.

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