Only a week from now and it willl be a full year under the Saudi-led/US-backed attacks against Yemen.
More than 10 countries joined a coalition led by Saudi Arabia with the full support of US and UK: logistically, with intelligence. They jointly chose, meticulously, the sites on the ground for the Saudis to bomb.
They lent satellites to help Saudi Arabia doing a better job.
They refueled the jets it in the air to allow maximum damage.
Warships participated in bombardments on the Yemeni coastal-line areas.
Arm deals estimated in billions of dollars – including internationally banned weapons such as cluster bombs and chemical weapons – were signed.
All the arms have been dropped on highly populated residential areas of the Yemeni capital Sana’a along with other provinces: Saada, Amran and Hajjah.
The world watched disgustingly in silence.
Roads, oil-food-water tankers, chicken and cow farms, even the centre for the visually impaired in Sanaá have been deemed a military target.
How not to mention the unjust – total siege imposed on Yemen? No food, no medicines are allowed to enter the country; same goes for petroleum products which are essential and most useful in agriculture and industry alike .
Saudi Arabia aims to starve more than 24 millions and stop any movement of people.
Electricty is the big absent in the nation´s life: it is a basic need for Yemeni simple life and the population has forgotten how the supply looks like
How do the Yemeni citizens continue their life under this hysterical bombings and destruction of their simple, beautiful life?
Mansour Mohammed Hadi (48) told us his story of an extremely difficult year coping with both the war and hepatitis: “We live in Yemen in very bad human and environmental conditions. I suffer from hepatitis and my condition gets worse with each passing day. I have moved, peregrinated from hospital to hospital looking for a medicine which cures my disease, but because of the siege imposed on Yemen, rarely I could find any of the medicines prescribed by doctors. Sometimes I am stable. Often times my condition worsens and pain becomes unberable. Last month, when I could no longer stand the pain, I moved to the hospital. Miraculously, I have survived. Question is: how long will I continue, considering the seriousness of my case?”
Bashir Mansour Mussad (23), a college student adds his voice: “I have not been able to go to the university and complete my studies. Our jobs and activities stopped due to the aggression and siege and I couldn’t pay for my studies. Worse of all: there are no jobs available and I had to ask for money as my Dad is ill. How can I repay people back?”
Hemerr Hamoud (34), taxi driver, had his story to share about his suffering under the siege, with no gasoline to run his taxi and little food available: “I have a taxi and used to transport passengers in the streets of the capital. That was before the siege imposed by Saudi Arabia. It was already difficult at the time but after the siege I have barely been able to find enough money to feed my family. I tried to find an alternative occupation but but all my efforts have been fruitless. Lack of electricity does not help and I am sure we are going, all of us, to starve to death.”
In the same context Khalid Ahmed Musleh (30) a farmer, said: ” Actually, Yemeni farmers live the most difficult times of all because of the siege. Agriculture in Yemen depends basically on oil and our farms and crops have been damaged due to the lack of it and the high prices at the black market”
Tamim Hazza (37) employee, concluded: ” Yemeni life has no longer any meaning and value under this unjust aggression and blockade. We have been suffering for almost a year from the absence of the basic components for a decent life , starting from electricity
We live every night in complete darkness with the noise of jet fighters upon our heads, not to mention the blasts of the extensive explosions surrounding our homes. Life in Yemen has completely changed: we lost our jobs and I sit at home, now, doing nothing.”
With Qaseem Alshawee reporting from Sanaá for Living in Yemen on the Edge