Bani Jirmuz - Mahdi's Story
Jabal Ajoub is a small village at the top of the mountain with the same name. On 15/08/2016 two airstrike hit the village, which is located in the district Bani Al Harith in the outskirts of Sana'a.
"I was away that night, as me and my brother were working as guards. My wife prepared dinner for me and brought it to me. She came, she was fasting during the day, so she came at sunset to eat with me, and she said goodbye."
"At 2 am, after midgnight, we heard the explosion, I thought it hit some farms, I did not expect it to be my house. Me and my brother ran, we saw the dust, and we thought it was next to our home. My brother thought it was near, not our house. After the two bombs people were screaming, from the first and the second house. In our house, there were three people, my father, my wife and my cousin. In the other house there were 21 people."
“I found my house destroyed. I was there at sunset, and the house was there, just a few hours earlier, and now gone”
"I was asking about my wife, and I saw my cousins house, they told me that my wife had escaped to a cave along with those who were hiding beneth a rock. I was shocked, and they did not want to upset me more, so they lied to me. Then one came and told me that that my wife and my cousin were killed. She was under the rubbles. They took my dad to the hospital. We staied for a couple of hours to dig people out of the rubbles. People were coming from everywhere to help. I am thankful that God gave me patience at that time, otherwise I would go crazy.”
“For what crime, for what reason? There was nothing. They killed my wife for no reason.”
“I feel devastated. She died without me, it would have been better if we died together.”
“I am desperate, whenever I remember what happened I feel empty, when I think about the future, I don’t see anything, I am lost.”
Around 100 people lived in the village. They have now moved down to the valley, to the village Bani Jirmuz. NRC has this year provided food rations for the displaced families.
Photo: NRC/Alvhild Stromme