In 2011, demands for peace, justice and government support sparked the rise of the Arab Spring protests. With calls for justice abandoned by government leaders, many countries were faced with war and poverty. In Yemen, the result is far worse than any other country in the region.
After years of civil war resulting from increasing levels of food insecurity and unemployment, Yemen has been transformed into the world’s largest and most devastating humanitarian crisis. In 2018, UNICEF reported that over 80% of Yemen’s population is in need. Over half of those in need are children. Children are commonly malnourished, fighting disease and are internally displaced within the country. While food insecurity is a major issue, over two thirds of children and their families also do not have access to clean water.
Since the war began, Yemen’s agricultural environment has been destroyed and the majority of the country’s food supply is entrusted to imports. Yet, blockades have made it nearly impossible for Yemenis to receive imports of food, material goods, and even international aid since 2015.
With the grace of Allah (swt), The Zahra Foundation is committed to making a change in Yemen. Our volunteers and humanitarian workers are on the grounds in Yemen and have access to staple foods such as pasta, rice and canned goods, as well as emergency response aid that Yemenis desperately need during the COVID-19 pandemic. This February, hospitals and medical centres became targets of air strikes making many types of healthcare precarious for thousands of civilians.
As followers of the Ahl al-Bayt (as), we are continuously reminded of the importance of selflessness and charity, regardless the amount. Imam Ali (as) narrated, “do not feel ashamed if the amount of charity you give is small, because to refuse the needy is an act of greater shame”. You can help by donating food aid, medical aid, or giving khums and sadaqa specifically for our brothers and sisters in Yemen who are in desperate need.
The Zahra Foundation appreciates all efforts taken to help our brothers and sisters in Yemen and across all countries fighting war, poverty and famine.
As our final Prophet Muhammad (sawa) said, “a man is not a true believer who fills his stomach while his neighbour is hungry.”