5 years have passed since Yemenite President Ali Abdullah Saleh was removed and the country deteriorated into a civil war. Between the Shia Houthi militants and the Saudi government’s involvement, a female Yemenite student speaks about the impossible reality in the country: “Everyone is armed; everyone has guns and weapons. Some people turned out to be loyal to ISIS.”
5 years after Yemenite President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s removal, the UN published troubling statistics regarding the country. According to the UN, 82% of the Yemenite population can’t provide for themselves. In addition, around 14.4 million people aren’t receiving enough food and 1.3 million children are malnourished.
In order to find out what is really going on in Yemen these days, Channel 2 News interviewed a female student who lived in the Yemenite capital city of Sana’a but was forced to evacuate due to the violence. “I had to live through a real war. I had to live through nights that I did not know if I would wake up in the morning. I had to live through hunger. I had to live through fear,” she said.
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Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, has always been an unstable country. Last March, the situation worsened when the Saudi military started attacking targets in the country in order to stop the progression of the Houthi militants, who are supported by Iran.
“I don’t know exactly what is happening in Sana’a but I was there, like since 3 days ago,” said Nismah Mansur. “The situation there is horrible. People have been living there without electricity for almost 6 months. Airstrikes are almost every day and they are not doing any harm to the rebel Houthi militia. They are only killing civilians and destroying hospitals and schools. Until now, it looks like there is no end.”