Yemen crisis: Katiba’s story
Feb 22, 2016
Despite the constant bombings, fighting, hunger and other difficulties, most Yemenis continue to stay in their homeland. Just over 170,000 of the estimated 22 million in dire humanitarian situations have fled to neighbouring countries. The vast majority stay on in their towns and villages, or have been forced to move to other parts of the country to avoid the bombings and destruction. Katiba is one of them.
Katiba lost her home and her son when her village in Yemen came under fire.
“We were hit by heavy shelling, and I couldn’t save my son. I cried my heart out. Later with my remaining family, we moved to another village searching for shelter. We are staying with relatives, but it isn’t safe her either,” says Katiba as the sound of heavy explosions are heard sending other women and children running away in fear. “We don’t know what to do, but for the sake of my other children, I am not giving up.”
Sadly, Katiba’s story is becoming the norm due to the conflict in Yemen.
Since the conflict broke out in March 2015, over 2.5 million people have been displaced from their homes. CARE is providing food, livelihoods and water services to the most vulnerable displaced people.
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