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Details of the "life horror" in Sana'a
24 Oct 2011 - 8:17
Islam Times - The day hours in the Yemeni capital match with the rest of the world's cities, but the details of the scene of the people's daily life is absolutely different, not in terms of economic and political conditions, but also in terms of contents and suffering.
Islam Times: After dividing Sana'a to regions of influence between the military forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, led by his eldest son Brigadier Ahmed, and the security forces run by his nephew, Yahya Mohammed Saleh, who controls the southern and eastern parts of the city, and, on the other hand, the forces which seceded from the regime, led by commander of the First Armored Brigade, Ali Mohsen al Ahmar, the commander of the First Armored Division and his strong ally, the tribal leader Sheikh Sadeq Al Ahmar, whose their forces control the northern and western parts of the capital, which caused the movement between the two parts of the city to be fraught with danger.
Because of the northern neighborhoods have become a scene of sporadic and violent fighting between the forces of President Saleh and the dissidents, the vast majority of the residents of these neighborhoods have fled to the southern regions or the suburbs those have become less dangerous. However, those who have found the situation less dangerous for their lives and the lives of their children are suffering from the deterioration of living conditions and complete interruption of basic services such as water and electricity.
Jameel Al Salawi, who have settled down in Alsafya poor neighborhood, southeastern Sana'a, after being forced by the clashes in Al-Hassaba neighborhood to leave the area and close his shop of changing motor oil, which was his only source of income to spend on a family of a wife and four children, suffering from power cuts which is not supplied except for only an hour and half a day.
Al Salawi says: "We leave the water pump turned on all day, so that if the electricity is provided while we are sleeping, the water pump could move some water into the tank on the roof of the house, instead compelling my children and I to fill the tank by plastic containers."
Jameel's children are like the majority of the children of the neighborhoods those have been a scene of devastating fighting between the loyal and opposition forces to the regime, and who do not go to school, either because their schools have become military barracks for the belligerents in the northern and western neighborhoods of the capital, or because they do not have the documents and certificates to enable them to enroll in new schools in this neighborhood, where they moved to live in, because all the documents had been burned by fires of artillery shells, missiles or tampered with.
We wish complaint back
Jameel remembers how he and his neighbors were complaining about the late arrival of water to their homes, for the local water authority used to pump water to the houses only once or twice a week, but this has stopped completely since four months ago. The people have had no choice but to buy water tanks in average amount of six thousand riyals per tank truck, instead of 1500 before the outbreak of unrest, and to stand and their children in a long line at a nearby mosque to fill plastic pots from tanks provided by philanthropist to the poor for free.
Loss of livelihood
After the family lost the only source of income, they have been spending from humble savings, and due to the long duration of the protests, they have been forced to economize on expenses more than ever before for fears of finding themselves unable to provide daily bread and yogurt, which has become the main meal in the day, and a beans pack that is divided on the evening and morning meals.
When night falls, streets of the Yemeni capital become empty of movement, except from the necessary movement of cars, but the neighborhoods of the armed confrontations are blocked completely since the afternoons, and the people have to stay at their homes, and they are absolutely rightly for when the first hours of the night come, explosions flare up in various areas, and the voices of the shooting have become commonplace in every neighborhood and no one can condemn such an act conducted whether by the fighting sides, or even the weddings ceremonies which have not been stopped by fear and fighting.
Sound the alarm
These extremely difficult humanitarian conditions have led several international organizations to sound the alarm and get ready to face humanitarian situations may be similar to the situation experienced by countries close to Yemen, such as Somalia, whose state institutions collapsed in 1991, while the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) confirmed that "the proportion of malnutrition has reached to three out of four children in one region of Yemen. And said that the survey, which was carried out among children, showed that 17 percent of children suffer from severe and acute malnutrition, while 28 percent suffer from average acute malnutrition".