FRANCE 24 reports from Yemen: A daily struggle just to survive
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Yemen’s port city Hodeida has been under siege for months. With the threat of being shot by a stray bullet and the constant bombardment just going out for food is incredibly dangerous for the people of the city. FRANCE 24's reporters bring you this exclusive report.
The conflict between the Saudi-backed government and Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen has created what the UN is calling the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with 14 million people now facing starvation.
The conflict has so far led to the deaths of nearly 10,000 people, according to the World Health Organization. Some humanitarian groups believe the toll is much higher.
“I’m always a bit scared when I’m in the streets,” says 20-year-old Abdullah, whose family moved to Hodeida from the south one year ago to escape the fighting there.
Abdullah is the only male in his family and therefore responsible for getting groceries. Due to the danger, his mother and six sisters haven’t dared leave the house for the past six months.
“It’s a sacrifice but I have to support my family. I have to balance studying with providing for my loved ones. It’s my duty, I’m all they have,” he says.
“When we arrived here we, we hoped to find peace after fighting forced us to flee our home. But it’s as if the war has caught up with us, as if we’ve swapped one war for another.”