Starving Yemenis eat leaves to survive,the coalition-backed Yemeni government pays salaries of its members in dollars
Many Yemeni families reportedly have nothing to eat but leaves as a humanitarian crisis caused by Saudi Arabia’s deadly bombing campaign on the impoverished state reaches a critical stage as Hadi’s government, loyal to the coalition, pays salaries of his government members and ministries staff in US dollar.
Head of government of the fugitive former Yemeni president,Hadi in Aden has directed the central bank governor to pay salaries of his government members and ministries staff in US dollar, according to a document issued on August 19, 2018.
Ahmed bin Daghr, in his memorandum No. 403A, dated 19 August, stressed the need to expedite the preparation of monthly incentives statements for staff in the offices and ministries, and to be attached to salaries so that these staff can face the difficult living conditions.
The government of Hadi ignores the suffering of citizens due to the economic crisis and the collapse of the various basic services.
Health Ministry said 1 in 3 Yemeni children suffer from severe malnutrition.
Yemen’s border provinces are the among the worst-hit by the Saudi onslaught due to their proximity to the kingdom. Constant bombardments have caused a dire humanitarian situation beside the mounting civilian deaths which occurs almost on a daily basis.
In a report released , Save the Children warned that any disruption to supplies coming through Hudaydah, which is a lifeline for millions of Yemenis, could “cause starvation on an unprecedented scale.”
It also estimated that an extra one million Yemeni children risk falling into famine as prices of food and fuel soar, bringing the total to 5.2 million.
The Associated Press reported that people in the Aslam district of Yemen’s northwestern Hajjah Province rely on leaves from the local vine, known as Halas in Arabic or Arabian Wax Leaf in English, due to worsening hunger.
Mothers, the report said, pick the leaves, then wash and boil them into a sour, acidic green paste to stave off starvation.
This came after printing nearly 800 billion Yemeni riyals in Russia by the government without any monetary cover, which led to the decline of the Yemeni riyal against foreign currencies.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.