A Syrian youth who joined the Iran-aligned militia for promised payment, benefits and security says he found only broken promises and indoctrination.
The Iran-backed group has graduated thousands from its military training programmes in recent weeks, exploiting the truce to shore up its position.
Yemeni activists and journalists are trying to dissuade parents from sending their children to camps where they risk indoctrination, recruitment.
In Russia's wars around the world, mercenaries are often the first to be pushed to the front lines, while Russian soldiers remain in the rear, away from real danger.
Poor living conditions and the high price of transportation have forced many students across Yemen to suspend their studies at public universities.
The 'Cash for Work' initiative has employed some 2,360 individuals to rehabilitate more than 150 historic sites in Yemen. It also seeks to promote constructive dialogue about Yemeni culture.
The camps aim to indoctrinate Yemeni children and prepare them to fight on the front lines, observers say.
The boys, who had been fighting for the Houthis, will take part in a rehabilitation programme before being returned to their families.
The province has stepped up its activities in the summer months that engage youth and steer them away from violence and the lure of extremist thought.
Modeled on similar celebrations held by Hizbullah and Iran, the event encourages Yemeni youth to join the militia by aggrandizing martyrs.