In Sana'a.. A journey to find some beans for «Children's Dinner»

In Sana'a.. A journey to find some beans for «Children's Dinner»

Hani al-Barti was waiting till the store was free of people, heading towards the owner, begging him to give him bread and half a kilogram of beans, for the dinner of his five children, but the latter refused on the pretext that "his debt bill is no longer tolerable"

The scene of his hungry children in his imagination pushed al-Barti to the airing of his hope, and the owner of the store agreed, promising that he will pay his full dept next time.

The employee left the state Aviation Authority, the store in the "Musaik" district in the east of the capital Sana'a, wearing his grey suit, which was a witness to the days of glory when he was spending thousands of riyals per day.

He walked, to find himself at the supervisor of the (Al-Mokhtar) neighborhood, and asked him to write down his name in the lists of worth getting the gas cylinder-lost in the markets at a discounted price.

According to Barati, his living condition has deteriorated, his daily concern is confined to how to ensure the main meals of his children, which remains a luxury, after his salary suspension for the third consecutive year.

"We have no source of income other than salary, and the business is stalled, we have nothing left but to beg for a living, how painful it is to turn our dreams into daily suffering in order to provide food for our children," he said.

Some 1 million employees in the public administration have been living without salaries since September 2016, and the Houthi administration, which controls Sanaa and several governorates, has refrained from paying salaries on the pretext of transferring the government of President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi the headquarters of the central bank to the city of Aden, the interim capital.

However, Hadi's government says the Houthis have been looted $4 billion and $500 million USD since their takeover of the bank, which represented the bank's cash reserves, and that the group is "wasting tax and customs revenues in support of war", which the group denies.

A Yemeni government official, who preferred not to disclose his identity, said that he was not authorized to talk to the media, that they were "continuing to communicate with the Houthis for the deposit of revenues in the central bank of Aden, so that the Ministry of Finance can pay the salaries of employees regularly."

The Source told Anadolu that, "The salaries of the employees and the independence of the central Bank are one of the files to be discussed during the United Nations-sponsored consultations between the parties for the Yemeni conflict in Sweden later this year,"

About 4 years ago, Yemen, with a population of about 27.5 million people, witnessed fighting between government forces backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition and the al-Houthi militants.

The war has left a difficult humanitarian and health situation, which has made most of the population in need of assistance, in one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, according to the United Nations.

On November 20th, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that 80 percent of Yemen's children need humanitarian assistance.

However, the population of cities with a level of security stability may be better off than their village and rural counterparts, and dozens of them have been forced to eat leaves as one of the ways to stay alive.

The leaf of the “Ghlef” was turned into the destination of dozens of residents of the town of “Shafiniah” in southern Hodeidah province (western Yemen), where people are keen to harvest before sunrise so that it tastes palatable to eat.

Badr Hassan, an activist in a local relief organization working in the southern province, said residents believe that al-Ghlef's leaves are of great nutritional value, despite their sour taste, and that they have become a staple meal for hundreds of people in remote villages.

He added to Anadolu "Most of the residents of Hodeidah villages have been displaced from their homes and farms because of the fighting between  Houthis and government forces, and they are living on begging in the cities of Beit al-Faqih and Zabeed,".

The relief aid provided by some international and local organizations does not reach those affected because there are no roads to it, he said.

Hassan noted that the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in western Yemen has made dozens of children malnourished and that a child died months ago of hunger in a village in al-Drihmi district, south of Hodeidah.

"Large villages in the Drihmi, Beit al-Faqih, and Zabeed directorates almost died from starvation, as residents could not reach hospitals since they are destitute and cannot secure transport fees, but local activists and humanitarian organizations found them by accident and provided them with assistance," he said.

Al-Hodeidah, which overlooks the Red Sea, has the port, which is the main source of food imports and essential humanitarian assistance. Aid organizations fear that any attack on the city would disrupt its operations and endanger more civilians.

The biggest catastrophe, however, is the collapse of the Yemeni riyal, which has fallen to record levels in front of foreign exchange, and as commodity prices have risen, buying a bag of flour is a dream for thousands, while the bread has shrunk to the size of a pen.

Yemen consumes 90 percent of its consumption, including flour, rice, sugar, edible oil, infant formula milk and fuel, as agricultural production declines, and oil exports, which accounted for 70 percent of public budget revenues, ceased.

On November 19, November, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Yemen was suffering from the triad of death, destruction, and hunger.

The Committee pointed out that the conflict in Yemen had resulted in the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world, namely the exodus of millions, the scarcity of food and approaching specter of famine among children.

On Wednesday, Save the Children (Britain-based non-governmental organization) said in a statement that "about 85,000 children under the age of five may have died of severe malnutrition during three years of war."

In the context of the statement, Tamer Kerulous, the organization's official in Yemen, warned that "the lives of some 150,000 children are threatened in Hodeidah, with a significant increase of airstrikes on the city in recent weeks."

Recently, an international pressure has increased on warring parties in Yemen to end the war that killed more than 10,000, pushing the country to the brink of famine.


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