Roua’a and Abdo Khaid's family
He came to Sana'a with his family eight months ago. They are both from Taiz, but moved to Hodeida looking for a job and a life there, that as four years ago.
"We tried to find a place to live where the rent was cheap, so we lived in the area close to the airport. I had a bus that I was driving. But as the situation got worse and the fuel got expensive, I could not afford the bills anymore, I sold it and paid my dues. After I sold my bus, the situation continued to get worse, we could not afford anything to eat. Our daughter Rahaf got sick, she had fever and a muscle disease, and her brain is being damaged. Every month the medical bill is 35,000 YeR (100 $)."
"During Ramadan I started to look for help from others, and then we came here to Sana’a, as the girl needs treatment. In Hodeida we were renting a house. When the war started, the fighting came close to our neighborhood, so we decided to move to Sana’a."
How do you make a living now?
“I am looking for a job, I try to find anything, but I could not find a job, so all our income are help that people offer us.”
“It is really difficult to ask for help from others, I think dying would be better than this life.”
“We lost touch with our family and friends, people from Taiz are spread all over, and the situation is difficult for everyone, it becomes exhausting, all is bad news.”
"Last month I could not afford the payment for Rahaf medicine, so her legs got really bad. The doctor screamed at me and hit the table 'Why didn’t you treat her, why didnt you buy her medicine, you see now she is getting worse.' He said that we should continue to give her the medicine. It costs 35,000 (around 100$) every month, and we can barely get anything to eat for the other children.”
"Last month I had to choose between starving my other children or treat her."
“First we sold the bus, then all the jewellery my wife owned, then we started asking for help. The imam tried to find rich people that could help us, every month they manage to get a bit here and there.”
“I would rather die than be in this situation. I have no hope.”
Adbo's daughter is looking at him with sympathy.
“We are very tired.”
Photo: NRC/Alvhild Stromme