ACTNews, SANA’A – It has been a year since Global Qurban (GQ) – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) visited Yemen. After a year, the situation is not getting any better in Yemen. Last year, on the day before Eid-ul-Adha, nobody would even think about what kind of animal they’re going to sacrifice on the next day, or what kind of dish they’re going to cook. Even having the meat packages delivered to them was extremely delightful,
The conflict that erupted in 2015 has brought fear to millions of Yemenis. Everything is destroyed; there is only chaos. The country once stood tall amongst great civilization is reduced to ruins.
Near Eid-ul-Adha 2017, the condition had not changed. GQ team reached Yemen and get into Sana’a, a city that becomes the center of the conflict.
Global Qurban entered Sana’a and Ta’iz
It was not easy to reach Yemen. In early September 2017, a few days before Eid-ul-Adha, the team finally decided to get there. In last minutes, Allah finally made it easy for Global Qurban team to bring the qurbani donation from the people of Indonesia.
A number of GQ partners in Yemen finally got in touch with GQ team in Jakarta and told the team that they were able to sacrifice the animals from generous Indonesian donors. Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – GQ stated that, for Yemen, GQ brought hundreds of sacrificial animals.
In last minutes before the eve of Eid-ul-Adha, GQ partners in Sana’a, Yemen, said that they were able to sacrifice cows and goats in several neediest locations, from Sana’a to Ta’iz,” wrote Faradiba.
Until the third day after the day of Eid-ul-Adha, Global Qurban in Yemen were able to sacrifice animals in dozens of different locations. The distribution sites were focused on the districts with the most number of Internally Displaced Persons.
In Shoub district in Sana’a city, for example. Since the conflict first erupted in Yemen, Sana’a has been the center of the war. The opposition forces and the allies of the Yemeni government fought fiercely in Sana’a. When the eve of Eid-ul-Adha finally came, there’s nothing left in Sana’a but destroyed buildings, ruined infrastructure, and cholera outbreak.
“Last year, my husband was killed in the war. I am the breadwinner of a family with five children. My children are suffering from cholera and cancer while hospitals in Sana’a are dysfunctional. Alhamdulillah, this Eid-ul-Adha, we received gifts from Indonesia. It is the first qurbani meat that my family and I received after the conflict erupted three years ago,” said Fawzia Mohammed Shaher, a 40-year-old mother from Shoub district, Sana’a.
Another story came from Ibb district, Taiz city. Located between Sana’a and Aden, two major cities of Yemen, the district was swelled with internally displaced people. Global Qurban partners in Taiz mentioned that, in mid-2017, the population of Taiz reached three million people.
“Taiz hosted hundreds of thousands of IDPs fleeing from Sana’a and Aden. Consequently, the condition is Taiz has also become chaotic. Although there is no military operation in Taiz, this city becomes the most densely-populated city with the refugees,” wrote Mustafa, a Global Qurban partner on his report.
Inside the city of Taiz, in September 2017, the qurbani packages reached Ibb district. For this district, Global Qurban prepared hundreds of sheep bought from the locals. From these sheep, 1,500 inhabitants of Ibb district were able to taste the qurbani meat, perhaps the first time since the civil war erupted.
“I am a father of eight children. I ran from Sana’a when the war devastated our house in Sana’a. Back in Sana’a, I used to work in construction until finally I was injured by an explosion and became blind. The qurbani meat packages from Indonesia will be special gifts for our children at home. May Allah reward the generosity of Indonesia. Please pray for us that the war in Yemen will be over soon,” said Mohammed Ali Yahya Shamassi, a 57-year-old father from Ibb district in Taiz.