An ordinary day in America is going to work, school, hanging out with friends and family, shopping, attending church, sleeping peacefully.
Some might argue that they don’t sleep peacefully, and that’s true, but what’s not true is our sleep is never disturbed by airstrikes. That’s one of the unfortunate ordinary things happening in Yemen now along with the famine, casualties of war, and destruction of history.
- Can you imagine one moment your child is laughing and the next you’re finding them stacked in a fridge with other children because they were killed? From an airstrike that destroyed your house? That kind of thing is sadly becoming all too ordinary in Yemen since the war started 2 years ago.
- Or… Your loved one was attending a funeral, but you never expected you’d be pulling them out of the building’s rubble and you’d have to plan their own funeral. The funeral reception was hit by a double tap airstrike. Can you imagine finding your own mother buried in the rubble? This too is another scene becoming too ordinary. Funeral receptions in Yemen have now been struck by airstrikes twice along with hospitals, schools, markets, and homes.
These two above examples I have found to be two of the most heartbreaking. When American news media covers Yemen (what little it does), we usually see photos of people starving. While those kinds of stories have an impact, there’s just something about a parent losing a child or a child losing a parent – because of a war – a war that has become ordinary, daily life.
Here are some of the ordinary headlines from this past month:
Yemen Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 21
In the absence of a political agreement, ordinary Yemenis, the very ones that the warring parties claim to fight for, bear the brunt of the conflict. ReliefWeb, March 19
Yemen raid and airstrikes put ‘forgotten war’ back in the spotlight
To ordinary Yemenis, a U.S. bomb that kills a friend, family or tribal member — whether or not it is dropped in the conduct of a counterterrorism operation — is still a bomb. When I asked a Yemeni friend from the country’s south about the U.S. campaign against AQAP, he said, “It’s stupid. The United States does not know how to differentiate between al Qaeda and normal Yemenis.” The Hill, March 9
UN migration agency reports displacement spike in Taiz Governorate
“Running from violence, bombings and shelling, these people from Taiz and Mocha had left with nothing. It is now ordinary Yemenis, host communities and humanitarian actors providing lifesaving assistance and protection,” he said in a news release, stressing that with so many people malnourished and sick, aid is not enough. UN News Centre, March 3
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d rather see a Yemen from the photos and not the text in this post.