Hunger is the most dominant thought on Yemenis minds during this period. After months of living without their salaries, the public sector employees, the majority of employees in Yemen, are living in dire conditions. Neither the cabinet of the Internationally-recognized president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi nor Ansar Allah and the GPC’s power-sharing government, called the Supreme Political Council, have been able to pay the monthly YER 75 Billion salaries. Most Yemeni’s are living in very difficult and miserable conditions.
People are not able to pay their rent, utilities and hospital bills or for groceries. I spoke to Aleena Abdullah who has been collecting charity and Zakat for years and distributing it to all those who are in need including the homeless, orphans and the needy.
Talking about how things changed for her philanthropy activities during the past two years she said “Now people have consumed their savings and all they had stashed, some people sold their gold.”
This time people have sold everything, gold, cars, and furniture. Second hand markets are filled with furniture that has been sold cheap but no one is buying.
“Those who used to offer me things [financial and in kind assistance] to help others, are now asking me to help them with their rent” said Abdullah with grieve and sorrow.
Abdullah supports 50 families, but only five families have constant support by philanthropists, as for the other 45 families, they receive support from time to time and not on fixed basis.