The loss of a child due to celebratory shootings.

Two days ago, a friend on Facebook tagged me in a photo… this photo showed the image of a little toddler in the ICU of a hospital in Taiz, Yemen. Her name was Abeer.

Abeer and her mother were walking to a market next to a wedding when the unexpected happened: a gunshot wounded the child. In Yemen and many other countries, there is something called “celebratory shootings.” Celebratory shootings are basically gunshots fired in the air to celebrate an event and in this case, a wedding. Two days ago, she was struggling to survive. Today, I’ve received news by my friend on Facebook that she has passed away and was buried.

There are many cases in Yemen where people have been wounded and sometimes killed by celebratory shootings. It seems that it’s a careless act because on a day of happiness, sometimes someone loses theirs-just like Abeer’s family. Instead of a couple starting off their lives with happiness, they start off with guilt and worry when cases like these happen.

Personally speaking, I am against celebratory shootings and Abeer’s (may she rest in peace) picture shows exactly why. Today, a mother and father lost their little angle. Today, they bury her. Since there isn’t any law against celebratory shootings and we know that to do such an act is part of our culture; we should always remember what may happen: a bad ending, a tragedy.

Next time, before starting to shoot in the air. Think about the damage you can do to a family.

May she rest in peace and may God give her family strength and patience.


About Summer Nasser
Blogger, with Yemeni roots based in New York City. Student of Sociology (B.A.) with a focus on the country of Yemen. I would consider myself a student of knowledge.

One Response to The loss of a child due to celebratory shootings.

  1. almuntasser says:

    she is cold,her blood is settled,her joints are stiff, life and this lips have long been separated ,death lies up on her,up on the sweetest flower of all fields.(few words fm sheaksbear)

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