Open Your Eyes, World to the Tragic Plight of Yemen’s Children”

09 Sep 2017

Open Your Eyes, World to the Tragic Plight of Yemen’s Children”

09 Sep 2017

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

By permission of Yemeni-American News

http://yemeniamerican.com/en/butheina-raimy-opens-your-eyes-world-to-the-tragic-plight-of-yemens-children/


The Yemeni American News

Sam, the other child survivor found underneath his parents corpses.

 

Since March 26, 2015 the number of children killed by indiscriminate bombing by the Saudi led Coalition in Yemen has surpassed 2,700 children according to the Legal Center for Rights and Development after 870 days of ongoing warfare, all of whom have nothing to do with the political situation or the parties to the conflict.  Yet, despite this large number of innocent victims, the plight of Yemen’s children has yet to attract international attention that would hopefully bring the international community to help put an end to this senseless killing.

On August 25, 2017, just two days after the Saudi led Coalition bombed a local hotel in Beit Al-Ithary, Arhab (40 km North of Sana’a) for transient agricultural workers killed 46 civilian martyrs, the Coalition again hit a civilian residential area in the West of the Capital City, Sana’a and the number of people, who lost their lives was 14, mostly women and children.

Butheina Raimy, the 4 years old girl pictured here was the lone survivor of a family of 4 other sisters (Ala, Ayat, Berdees and Raghad), her brother Ammar and her mother and father.  However, she had become an international icon overnight icon with a picture showing her trying to open her swollen eyes from injuries sustained in the bombing raid, and asking the world to open their eyes to the plight of Yemeni children caught in the middle of the seemingly endless war.

“Please see what is happening to us”, is what Butheina is trying to convey to the world as she wakes up from unconsciousness in the hospital and can’t understand why her mother and father or any of her brothers were no longer with her, when she had gone to sleep with all of them being there with her in their home.   She could not visualize the horror that she has just gone through only to wake up unable to grasp why none of her kinfolk are no longer with her anymore.  Her parents, sisters and brothers were left as charred bodies hardly recognizable as rescue workers pulled them out of the concrete rubble that miraculously had left Butheina alone from her family to survive the horrible missile attack that ended the lives of an entire family except for Butheina.  The sorry look of Butheina as she struggled to get her vision back moved the hearts of all who saw her pictures and many offers to adopt the pitiful very young orphan child came from all over the world.  All satellite television channels aired the picture the sorry and shocked look on her face, which was still covered with the scratches and bruises inflicted on her as a result of the 2 AM bombing raid, when everyone in the house was sound asleep.  Pictures below show the horror of the attack and the rescue efforts to get the victims out of the leveled residence.  She was also the star of social media as Facebook and Twitter were humming with posts about Butheina and her tragic calamity.

The tragedy of the same bombing raid was also made more horrific by the fact there was another child name Sam, who was also found underneath his parents dead corpses in the same air raid.  On the other hand there was a newlywed couple who had just returned from their wedding ceremony just before the merciless bombers unleashed their dead ordnance.  But Butheina was the star of the show.

The question still remains:  Will the international community continue to ignore the tragic plight of Yemen’s children as they suffer from relentless indiscriminate air raids, a spreading cholera epidemic  that has hit over half a million Yemenis and taken the lives of over 2,000 afflicted cases? Moreover, shall the world continue to remain silent while the Yemeni people are subject to a tight land, sea and air blockade, thus threatening more than half the population of Yemen with starvation, not to mention the refusal to pay Government employees salaries, all of which has rendered Yemen’s economy to a near standstill?

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In Yemen’s Dreaded War: There is No Discrimination between Rich and Poor; All Suffer

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

 COPIED BY Permission from Yemeni American Newspaper

http://yemeniamerican.com/en/?p=208 


In the war on Yemen now waged by a hodgepodge of evil doers, whose last care and concern  are the Yemeni people, suffering can be seen across all demographiaerpc and economic affiliations of the people.  The nearly 15,000 + civilian martyrs and twice that much wounded are a cross section of Yemenis from all ages, walks of life and social and economic standing as well as geographical locations.  Even refugees from other lands, who fled to Yemen seeking to escape being victimized by the tragic situations in their own home turf have become direct targets of all kinds of ordnances falling from the sky or exchanged by warring factions, not to mention the shortages suffered as a result of the siege.

In wars, there is no right or wrong, legal or illegal and winners or losers.  This war in particular entails suffering not necessarily by weapons of mass destruction or exchange of machine gun fire, etc.  Suffering has been packaged for the Yemeni people to come in all wrappings.  In addition to the tragic consequences of violent confrontations, we have an impregnable siege by land, air and sea that literally keeps everything coming in and out of the country under the tight control of the so called “Saudi-led Coalition” of Bedouin Sheikhdoms, world powers that give this war some fabricated semblance of international legitimacy, none of which come out of International Law textbooks and mercenary forces that get premium prices for the right to kill maim and destroy.   This siege and blockade means that all airports in the country (almost all of which have been destroyed), except some of the airports in the South, which are under the control of the Coalition and which are often closed due to differences between the Coalition occupying forces, which can’t decide which of them should control them (Of course, they have forgetten that they are fighting to restore a long expired legitimacy in Yemen.  Thus, for anyone living in Sana’a or anyone in Coalition Free areas of Yemen in most of the North and a good part of the South it is impossible to go to another country for vacations, education and of course dire medical attention, which can’t be obtained locally.  There is no telling when this situation will change, as this also has a bearing on at least 50,000 Yemenis overseas who are unable to return to Yemen either because of the hardships of going through foreign imposed blockades and airport closures, or they ran out of money to pay the exhorbitant fares needed to come home by alternative and often unsafe routes.

The above description brings to light some of the difficulties that all in Yemen must suffer from due to this horrendous and by all accounts uncalled for war.  Of course those needing dire medical attention, who are nearing the last possibilities of ever seeing back to life normalcy, are the hardest hit by the tight closure and blockades of all entrance and outlets of Yemen.   The subject of our report here is a relatively rich woman, who inherited a half way decent fortune from her father and managed along with her late husband, to etch out a comfortable living for their offspring of six boys and 1 girl, and have managed to provide each with their own private residences.

We will call this good and faithful lady Um Abdullah, as this is the desire of the family.  Of course Y-A holds all the medical reports and records to substantiate our recognition of her very poor condition.  Um Abdullah has a long history of bronchial asthma, as well as other ailments including rheumatic and ligament impairments, and which heretofore were always treated outside of Yemen.  She has gone to India, Jordan, Egypt and different European countries for overcoming most of her previous illnesses.  She is a very religious lady and has no qualms about her unfortunate physical calamities, as she is thankful to God that no matter what befalls her, she can obtain all the medical treatment that money can buy anywhere in the world.

However, this time, she is unable to go anywhere where she might be saved and her condition has worsened to the point of being unable to recognize whoever is speaking to her, even her children.  She has now only a nurse, who mainly administers medications that just keep her alive and semi-conscious but no more.  Even now, if Sana’a Airport were to open tomorrow, she would not be able to bear the strains of traveling unless by a specially equipped medical plane, which is now no more than a dose of wishful thinking.  May God give her a peaceful respite from all this tragedy and may the world realize that it simply cannot watch as disease, malnutrition and poor medical attention turn Yemen into a humanitarian nightmare for all Yemenis, rich and the poor.

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In Yemen, You Can Find Out Your Birthday, Even If You Are Over Fifty

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

22 August 2017

When I first returned to Yemen, in the Summer of 1970, I made a big fuss about finding out my real birthday.  We had been lying in the United States for the last previous 9 years that my birthday was 4/4/51. There were no birthday certificates or even officcivil records then. My father, GBS (who was in New York then) had told me, yes he recorded my birthday in a Quran. I knew my father was a meticulous record keeper of all births in one or more of the Holy Qurans he had for all the family – not just his immediate family, but also of the offspring of all his brothers and sisters.  When I arrived in Sana’a, I broke into the walled in closet that his books and documents were hidden in, jn case looters raided the city more on that later. I loo ked for this Holy Book that was to unlock the greatest mystery in my life then.. When I finally did find the book, I saw  to my dismay, that indeed everyone in the 3rd generation of the family after my grandfather Hassan, and their cousins was recorded there and in another Quran, except the birthday of your truly, the writer of these words. I was flabbergasted. I know my father could not be so careless as to forget the

birthday of his later to be Honors student son throughout his education, so what happened here?. I refused to give up. I continued sifting through the books I found in the closet until I finished all the Qurans and other books. Where could my birthday be?
All of a sudden, after several days of sifting, I found a little  spiral note pad (God knows where he got that in those days, as they were not readily available stationary in Sana’a in the early 1950s).   Sure enough, there was this note on the first page of the spiral pad: “On this  day of 30 Rajab 1370 AH, we were bestow3d with a boy, who we named Hassan Mohammed Al-Haifi.  May God keep him and make of him a  son of whom we can be proud”.

Understandably, I was jubilant.  But that won’t do in the US. They want your birthdays in GregorIan solar, not Hegira lunar.
I then took out the “Munjid” (literally, Savior), which was a mini encyclopedia in Arabic, which Dad had obtained from one of his earlier trips from Yemen abroad. I found in it the way to convert Muslim Hegira Lunar calendar dates to corresponding GregorIan calendar. There was a formula and a couple of tables from which to obtain the variables! My calculations came out to 7 May 1951. You can check the Internet to see I was correct!

Ever since then. I made it a point to have my birthday noted, but not necessarily celebrated by my kin and friends.
After 2/3 of a Century of life, it does not really matter much. But my kids make it a point to wish me Happy Birthday, because 3 of the 4 kids I have have, three have their birthdays in the Month of May.

 

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We Don’t Want Ismael Ould Al Cheikh Ahmed

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

 

Pease Mr. Secretary General of the United NTions, get rid of this guy!

He is dishonest, he lies, he is a failure and .more than a thousand other reasons.  Moreover, he is a disgrace to the United Nations, no matter, which way you look at him.

 

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/H_E_Secretary_General_of_United_Nations_SHb_lsd_lmyn_lm_llmm_lm_Replacee_UN_Envoy_to_Yemen_Ismael_Ould_AlCheikh_Ahmed/share/?new  

All the details are in the above link.

He is biased.  He is corrupt.

He never affected any of the truces he proclaime.

He failed to makeany genuine steps towards a settlement.

He failed to take actions against repeated massacres of civilians.

He hasn’t halted the blockade and bombings of the means of livelihood of the poor farmers and fishermen – the rezult mass starvation.
In short, he is an avent of the Coalition led by KSA

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US Attack on Yemen: First Degree Aggression

  1. UAE Warship Twist Hit by Yemeni missile

    UAE Warship Twist Hit by Yemeni missile

    By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

 

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US Destroyer off Coast of Yemen

The US premeditated and planned attack on Yemen today is not justified by any legal or military rationale whatsoever.

On October 7th,  the US issued travel warnings to Americans traveling or visiting/residing in Yemen [travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/yemen.html (just a day before the #Yemen_Great_Hall_Massacre in Sana’a  by Saudi double tap air raids in which  150 mourners were murdered and another more than 600 injured – an unlikely coincidence?).  There was no imminent danger or preceding attack on any  Americans  nor was any travel to Yemen permitted by anyone by the so called Saudi-led coalition of Aggression on Yemen.  Obviously, something else n the drawing board triggered issuing the alarm.

On October 4, three US warships were sent he Red Sea Bab Al-Mandab Area right after UAE Twist warship was defensively hit by Yemen Naval Forces, it was clear the US was pursuing a more aggressive stance in the illegal war on Yemen waged by the so called “Saudi-led” Coalition of Aggression on Yemen.

On Saturday and yesterday, the US Defense Dept alleged that Houthis were launching missiles against the three US warships off the Yemeni coast.  All missed their targets and landed in the water. Not once in these reports did the US DoD state that Yemeni Navy or forces were the source.  Of course, Saudi media was quick to blame “Houthis and Saleh militias”.

The Yemeni Navy and military spokesmen categorically denied any attacks against any ships after the attack on the UAE http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/20/politics/iran-united-states-warships-monitoring/.

This serious development in US military engagement in the  Coalition of Aggression against Yemen  raises many questions and risks complicating an already drastic human tragedy unfolding in Yemen.

The “bogus” unconfirmed missile attacks, (assuming they did occur, at all) could just as well be launched  by either US forces stationed in Al-Anad military base or other “coalition” allies launching from  areas in Coalition controlled territory in Aden, and other areas.

It is noteworthy to point out that all Yemeni rocket attacks on Coalition Warships were always direct and successful hits  and not “misses” as these were said to be by US Department of Defense spokesmen.

If we look at mainstream media coverage of this flagrant aggression by the U, all were acting as mouthpieces for the US Navy and Department of Defense and assumed that the US DoD reports of the “bogus” attacks were gospel truths and insisted that the US aggression on Yemen was right, called for and justified.  Not one shred of evidence was presented by the media or the US forces.

For some background material on this serious turn of events, please see  http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/10/politics/yemen-us-navy-targeted/

Most Yemenis and independent observers are of the opinion that the US is trying to bail out its miserable Saudi partner in the Coalition from all the  public outrage regionally and internationally against the bloodbath the Saudis have perpetrated against Yemeni civilians from the start of its sadistic bombing of Yemen since March 26, 2015.

On the other hand, this drastic and risky escalation may be to dilute increased opposition to US role in Coalition of aggression against  Yemen, both in Congress and the US press and the obvious war crimes that have clearly been evident, especially as US weapons are thee main killing tools in the aggression.

I am sure  that attempts to include a *new” Iranian presence adds more smoke to the cover up especially as the Iranian naval presence in the Arabian Sea  was there since the beginning days of the aggression (http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/20/politics/iran-united-states-warships-monitoring/)Is this the review that the US National Security Council intended (but has yet to begin) on the US role in the Illegal and criminal aggression by the KSA led Coalition against Yemen?  I imagine Saudi Arabia is holding the checklist of the “Review” Process and of course, the checkbook.

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Yemeni Army and Popular Forces Take War to Saudi Territory

By;  Hassan Al-Haifi   Since the final days if the fasting month of Ramadhan, the war in Yemen took on a more violent posture.  Since then,  the Yemeni Army and Popular Committeed have returne…

Source: Yemeni Army and Popular Forces Take War to Saudi Territory

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Israeli Colonel Killed in Yemen

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi A Yemeni military source said that a Toschka Ballistic Missile fired by the Army and Public Committees Rockets Forces into the Operations Room of a Military Camp of the Saudi-l…

Source: Israeli Colonel Killed in Yemen

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