Ahmed used to live next to a very unfriendly neighbour: a military base. One day, air strikes turned his family home in Yemen to rubble.
Thankfully, Ahmed and his family of nine escaped with their lives.
With nowhere to live, Ahmed, his wife and their seven children were forced to seek refuge under a bridge in Sana’a. Now, his days are filled with collecting and selling empty water bottles in an attempt to afford bread and yoghurt for his family.
Unfortunately, Ahmed’s story is not unique. The matriarch of a large family forced from their home by violent conflict, Amani also sells empty bottles in hopes of providing for her five children and seven grandchildren. It’s not an easy task at 75 years old.
These families lost so much. Yet, when Ahmed reflects on all that has happened, he remains thankful because he still gets to hold onto the things that are irreplaceable.
“We had nothing to bring with us, but I look at my kids and thank God every time I see them with me. We can always replace materials like a house or furniture, but we can never replace a human’s life.”
Amani also values her family above all else: what she wishes most is to see them smile, with hunger a distant memory.
Airstrikes and fighting in Yemen continue to take the lives of thousands of people, in addition to reducing access to food, clean water and the other essential services that millions of residents need to survive.
PWS&D is supporting members of Canadian Foodgrains Bank to provide 1,100 vulnerable families with packages of flour, beans, oil, sugar and salt. To address the critical need for safe water and reduce the spread of disease, PWS&D is also responding through a faith-based consortium to rehabilitate existing water sources, benefitting over 15,000 people.
Respond with PWS&D to meet the urgent food needs of families in Yemen.
You can make a donation through your church, by mailing a cheque, donating online or calling 1-800-619-7301 x291. Please mark your donation “Yemen.”