Yemen is currently home to the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world. A brutal civil war has left nearly 10 million people at risk of starvation.
Behind the big numbers, there are millions of smaller stories. Tales of ordinary families, trying their best to cope in a far-from-ordinary situation.
Here are three personal stories of how families are finding ways to cope with the crisis.
Thanks to our partners providing food supplies to families in most need, these are stories with slightly happier endings...
Samed and his family are Muhamasheen – Yemenis of African descent. Muhamasheen are considered second class citizens by many other Yemenis.
Samed hasn’t been able to work because he suffers from severe scoliosis – a sideways spinal curvature. His wife works as a domestic servant and earns only $50 US a month.
The couple live with their four sons in one room. They struggle to make ends meet. Samed and his wife were forced to send their children out begging. They were so ashamed by this but they felt they had no other option. They desperately needed money to survive.
Then our local partners registered Samed and his family on their food security project. This means that they can be assured of a regular supply of basics like flour, beans, sugar and salt.
It may not sound like much, but now the family can survive and even save a little. ‘We have our dignity back,’ says Samed. ‘And I thank God that our children no longer have to beg’