Will the Yemeni people’s voices be heard?

By Maria Ajmal 

When the desire to cling to power dominates humanity, no one bothers how much the price for that position is. If everyone wants to establish their own empire over the blood of the poor, then the justification for their actions can be provided by pundits and savants. But can the justification of the heinous act of a bloodbath for power gratify the requirement of moral rectitude?

All Muslims are believers of that religion that preaches about humanity. Ali ibn Abi Talib said: “People are of two types, they are either your brothers in faith or equal in humanity.”

Yemen, one of the poorest countries of the Arab world, is being targeted by Saudi Arabia, one of the richest. It is witnessing the bombing, killing, bloodshed and slaying of its inhabitants by the rebels inside and by the world powers outside since 2015.

When the Houthi rebels held a strong bastion in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, then a Saudi-led coalition (bolstered by the United States and the United Kingdom) came forward to abet the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, with trepidation that if the Houthis held a stronghold in Yemen, it would also be a threat to Saudi Arabia.

According to the United Nations report, 22 million people, in a population of 29 million, need humanitarian assistance. “Over 11 million children-80% of the country’s children- desperately need humanitarian assistance. They face the daily threat of food shortage, diseases, displacement and acute lack of access to basic social services,” United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spokesperson said in Geneva.

Yemeni people have become the victim of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis caused by the Saudi-led coalition whose targets have also included a wedding ceremony, a school bus of children and a refugee camp. It is appalling and awful to even imagine that in the 21st century, Yemeni people must eat leaves of a local vine to avoid starvation.

The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is at its peak since the 1979 revolution of Iran. It is believed by Saudi Arabia-after the affirmation of the U.S. – that the Houthi rebels are being supported by Iran; so the Saudis are going to any length to quell the Houthis by force.

Saudi Arabia is a major ally of the U.S. When President Donald Trump made his first official visit to Saudi Arabia, a colossal arms deal was signed between two countries. Both the U.K and the U.S. are complicit in the war in Yemen. The United Nations has urged the international community to “refrain from providing arms that could be used in the conflict in Yemen.”

A proxy war between the U.S. and Iran is being fought in Yemen. While vowing to protect the poor masses from the brutality of their archrivals, the Saudi’s are acting on U.S commands by shedding the blood of the poor in a war in which ammunition of the proxy warrior combatants is being used.

The entire Middle East is burning due to foreign interventions as they are the major cause of the escalation in the conflict.

In a gruesome hunt for power, the civilians are the victim of the rivals bombing.   Muslims countries are targeting each other at the behest of the west and if they do not take any decisive approach they can be the victim of the mighty powers’ extended traps.

Martin Niemoller’s famous poem  “First they came…” is aptly suitable for the entire situation:

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out-Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”


The opinions in this article are of the writer only and do not represent the views of The Weekly Pakistan.

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