Yemen: an update from Sana’a

The war in Yemen has left thousands dead and caused the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, according to the UN. Conflict has been going on for years but became especially violent in March 2017. Now, Over 7 million people face starvation and an outbreak of cholera is claiming more lives.

 

Yesterday, near Sana’a, ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed. This will likely change the dynamics of the war dramatically. 

Now there are fears that conflict and violence will increase.  

We’ve been in touch with a local contact on the ground who wishes to remain anonymous. He’s been speaking with people in Sana’a. Here was the situation on Monday evening.

Media enquiries contact Charlotte Fraser, Digital Communications Officer, +44 (0) 203 422 5549, press@peacedirect.org 

 

On the ground in Yemen: Monday evening

On the ground now in Sana’a city, it’s very quiet. Not like the past four nights.

People are in their homes. It’s the cold season.

There’s no electricity. The streets are empty. There are some remaining militia members who are still resisting.

There are lots of Houthi supporters who are celebrating in Sana’a. They’re calling for a big demonstration for victory to take place tomorrow.

I’m currently in the midlands. My son and my brother are still in Sana’a. When I ask them what they can see, at the moment not much. It’s late at night. It’s quiet in the streets. People are following the news and chatting. They’re using the internet and social media which hasn’t been good in the last two days.

I thank God that it ended this way because if Saleh kept resisting there would have been a big blood bath in Sana’a and the surrounding area.

The situation in Yemen general is tough. We’re under the blockade. Prices have increased. There’s no fuel, nothing. It’s very expensive.

We are facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since 2011, and since the war started.

The people are the victims of all that is happening all over the country. They are the ones suffering from the outcomes of war, the blockade, the humanitarian crisis. Schools, hospitals and infrastructure have been destroyed. We’re facing extreme poverty.

In Sana’a this is the latest phase of the physical and psychological damage that has been caused by air strikes and blockades over the last three years.

It has intensified in the last four months, and especially in the last month.

The damage is huge. It’s going from bad to worse. People are being killed and buildings are being destroyed.

But the damage is also the fear that people and families feel, especially for those in areas surrounding the fighting.

People are tired and exhausted. They barely have their daily bread and can’t support their businesses. They struggle looking for water and food. They want the war and bombings to be over so they can get back to their lives.

 

Media enquiries contact Charlotte Fraser, Digital Communications Officer, +44 (0) 203 422 5549. 

Email: press@peacedirect.org

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