How are the younger generations coping with the crisis in Yemen?
For many young people in Yemen they have always known war and conflict. What they are not familiar with is that this crisis is taking everything away that they could dream of.
They feel robbed of purpose and identity, and that is the biggest crisis. The war is also making them vulnerable and exposed to people who come with harmful ideologies and radicalism. So even though young people are open-minded and questioning, we're also seeing some of them being radicalised and recruited into armed groups.
What could bring peace?
I think the key is to help Yemenis restore their sense of identity and community. It’s strong communities that can foster peace and reconciliation. People now feel disconnected from their communities.
What is your hope for the country?
I believe the Yemeni people are open to receive help from people that they know and trust, who are not coming with an agenda, but with love, hope, understanding and help.
I really hope that we demonstrate to the Yemeni people that they're worthy of our help because of who they are, not because they are victims or ‘a project’.
And I think this is an opportunity for Tearfund because you are driven by your values more than by anything else. And our partnership is driven by values. I think the younger generations will recognise and embrace that mentality. This is my hope.
We weep with those who are weeping in Yemen. Bring peace to this nation and restore hope to its people. Comfort the broken hearted and heal the sick. Thank you for the courage and commitment of our partners, who work in such challenging circumstances. Be a lamp to their feet, and a light to their path.
In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
As the Yemen crisis grows worse by the moment, please also consider giving to our Yemen Appeal.
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