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Since February this year, over 34 children have benefitted from assistance from the childhood protection legal unit at SEYAJ organization. Yet only a few of those cases were resolved and only two of the victimized children are receiving psychological help through the psychological support program that just started at the end of July this year.

In order to gain more support for abused children around the country, SEYAJ realized that a national campaign is required. As such, the Children's Dignity Protection Campaign was launched.

"The purpose of the campaign is to raise funds for psychological and legal assistance for children against crimes and violence. It is also to spread awareness of the importance of fighting violence against children and to set up networks involving all concerned people," said Ahmed Al-Qurashi, director of the organization.

The funds will be directed to the Monitoring, Legal and Psychological Support Unit where they will help with the legal expenses of defending children in court. Funds will also provide children with post trauma consultation and psychological treatment.

Director of the unit Nora Al-Amodi explained that in addition to financial support, what the unit really needs are people to understand the importance of protecting children and providing them with specialized professional care.

"Unfortunately, only two of the victims are now getting psychological help. They are a boy and girl, eight and nine years old respectively, who suffered from an attempted kidnap. There are many other victims who suffered worse but are not getting any help, either because of lack of funds or family resistance," she said.

Al-Risala Hospital for Mental Health agreed with SEYAJ to provide free psychological assistance to the child victims in Sana'a. However, medicine remains a concern and children outside Sana'a are still in need of similar support.

"One of the campaign's main goals is to give the opportunity to all people in society to participate in helping children and being partners against violence and crimes faced by children. Businessmen and philanthropists are most welcomed to be at the head of all donors," Al-Amodi said.

SEYAJ is a nongovernmental organization working to protect children's rights. SEYAJ has helped around 500 children through its monitoring and support unit since the end of last year....

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