The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is worsening following three months of Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign. More heart-wrenching still is the unprecedented number of civilians killed and injured as a result of this catastrophic blockade.
Humanitarian groups have been urged to assist with the rising number of innocent civilians who are left without a home and are in desperate need of water, medical services, and gas. Saudi Arabia needs to stop the massacring of its own brothers and sisters in one of the poorest nations in the Arab world.
Saudi Arabia is home to the holy lands in Makkah and Medina, but by creating such a large-scale humanitarian catastrophe and inflicting unimaginable harm to the lives of civilians, they are by no means following the tenets laid out by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who taught peace and tolerance. What is the real reason behind the bombing in Yemen? Could it be due to the fact that the Houthis have repeatedly pledged to topple the Saudi throne and openly shown their dislike towards the US? I don’t agree with the Houthis’ statements against Saudi Arabia, but truly, what is the real need for this violence? No country on earth can justify such a brutal and unnecessary bombing campaign.
As a journalist, particularly passionate about human rights, it breaks my heart to produce stories where innocent children’s’ lives are lost, where vulnerable civilians are scared to live every day, but continue do so with the little courage they have left. We need to think about the people that are actually getting affected and we need to put a stop to it.
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"No country on earth can justify such a brutal and unnecessary bombing campaign"
At Al Thawra hospital, ICU Doctor Ali Al Mustafa explains how they have been inundated with patients in need of urgent medical care, but that the hospital has been unable to give them sufficient treatment. "No water, no electricity, no medicines, no dialysis and no doctors even," he said, calling the crisis "alarming" and warning that the hospital could be forced to halt operations "at any moment."
To make matters worse, the Saudi blockade in Yemen has made it difficult for humanitarian assistance to enter the country as the blockade affects any transports inbound by air or sea.
Many people in Yemen are blaming the US for supplying the bombs to Saudi Arabia in the first place. However, the Saudi regime must realise by itself that bombing Yemen is not the answer. The UN Envoy to Yemen recently highlighted the need for an urgent ceasefire and a resolution calling for an end to the overall violence in Yemen. The conflict in Yemen has so far left 2,500 dead as of March 2015, with numbers rising as bombings continue.
With the holy month of Ramadan just starting I only pray that Saudi Arabia holds a ceasefire and decides to reconsider their bombing campaign on Yemen. This Ramadan I hope that peace is restored and justice prevails over all forms of evil.