Reality In The Land of Yemen (Part 2)
July 3, 2011 4 Comments
In my previous post ”Reality In The Land of Yemen”, I discussed the situation concerning the gas/diesel shortage and the security. In this post I will continue to discuss Yemens situation, when it comes to the power cuts and water/food shortage.
As you can see, from my previous post on my blog, Yemen is in a humanitarian crisis. No gas/diesel, food shortage, water shortage, power cuts, inflation. etc. It can go on and on. Aside from the gas/diesel issues, power cuts have had a close and/or same level of frustration from the people here in Yemen.
In Sanaa, people face power cuts of almost twenty two hours, making only two hours of power accessible a day. In Aden, people face at least twelve hours without electricity. As you can imagine, its very difficult for the people in Aden because of the heat. Temperature reaches to 99 degrees! In Sanaa, its much cooler. People in Dhala, actually had no power for about a month and still no sign of power. In Taiz, it varies. The longest power outage they had was 36 hours. Sometimes, they only have power for only one in a half to two hours a day.
With these power cuts, people tend to buy generators. Only the people who can afford them that is. Even with the generators, when the power gets cut and then opens and so on and so fourth, appliances tend to burn out, regardless. Food rots and spoils, leaving people to throw them out in the garbage.
As I did notice, everything is priced higher than what it was before the uprising. Even candles are being bought about fifty Riyals extra then what it was priced before. People have no other way, but to buy them since that is their only source of light if they dont have flashlights.
Although, it is dangerous for families with kids to be in a house with a bunch of lit candles, they have no choice but to at least move the kids away from them. There was a family house in Ibb that actually burned down because of the candles in the house. A number of injuries were reported.
With no source of power, people look away from refrigerated foods. Instead, they look at foods that can withstand being out of the refrigerator. These foods being, breads, powdered milk and juices, packaged soups, honey, tuna and anything canned.
Some supermarkets have less inventory when it comes to food. Business owners have stopped shipments that come to their stores due to the fact that people aren’t buying. With this as a result, owners have to close their stores. Not in all cases though, some still keep there stores open but make a much less income.
With those foods that can be put away without being refrigerated, some cant even afford tuna. This is because of the people losing their jobs due to the on going situation, basically no source of income whatsoever. Whoever has family from outside the country and are kindly enough to sometimes or all the time, send money to their families here is basically the only source of money that they have.
What does power have to do with water though? Well, in most and/or all houses, tanks are used to store all the water that they have in it, but you need power to transfer the water to the house. Without power-no water can be pumped, therefore, water cant be used. Imagine those people in Dhala. They haven’t had any water being pumped at all for a month.
People have to walk at times to get water from wells miles and miles away from their homes and carry the water containers back home. Walking miles and miles just for water. Isn’t that enough to really understand the statement of a ”humanitarian crisis” in the land of Yemen?
As you can imagine, people are frustrated and want everything back to normal- but with a new government! Sadly, the government has gripped them by the peoples throats and are torturing them in the worst possible way.