Struggling for the most basic rights.

Struggling for the most basic rights.

After years of war, Yemen still holds the title of the world's worst humanitarian crisis. The conflict in Yemen has had a negative impact on the population without exception.

The protracted war led to the deterioration of the humanitarian, security, economic and even social situation in many provinces affected by the war. The spread of the war to Taiz governorate, the peaceful governorate and the dreamy city, the town of culture, the destination of writers, researchers, and people who sing for beauty was followed by an almost complete lack of basic services in all humanitarian sectors such as health, water, hygiene, education and security. All of this resulted from the suspension of work in all state offices and its executive bodies in the governorate with the beginning of the confrontations that the governorate witnessed in early 2015. All this deterioration was resulted by “war".

The lack of services that meet basic human needs may lead to feelings of anxiety, especially in war situations. One of the basic services that must be sought and accessed is access to clean water, as it is the only means of survival.

As is the case with Mohammed, the 40 years old, who and his household and 30 other households living in the same neighborhood, depended on a "water spring" to access clean water, this spring is located on the top of their homes located in a neighborhood in the south of Taiz city.

The accumulation of waste dumped by residents whose homes are located above the spring of the water, caused water pollution, which led to the deprivation of the thirty HHs, including Mohammed's from access to clean water. Which forced the affected families to issue appeals to remove the waste and stop throwing it on the water spring. These appeals extended to the people of the area above the water spring to reach the hygiene and improvement office in the governorate, but to no avail. The situation continues as it is for a long time with an increasing accumulation of waste in a way that threatens the spread of epidemics.

Yemen was classified as one of the most developing countries with a deteriorating economy, so the economic stagnation in Yemen led to a decrease in the prices of the country's local currency against foreign currencies, exacerbating the suffering of millions of Yemenis, so that the prices of basic commodities remained constantly rising, making most of the population unable to obtain them.

Like millions of people, Mohammed says: "We have all suffered greatly from this problem that forced us to return to a primitive life, having to fetch water by gallons, and this caused us great hardship."

After the services, "the most important of which are water", were cut off permanently from Taiz city, threatening the people with a humanitarian catastrophe. People have resorted to buying trucked water, which is the only way to obtain water during the war years, but this matter has become the preserve of HHs of good financial income, and this is due to its high price and completely contradictory with the income of the majority of the population, where water truck price reaches half of the monthly income of some HHs, and sometimes it costs them two thirds of their monthly income.

Mohammed comments on this, saying: "Most of us are unable to buy water carried by trucks because of the high cost where a truck with a capacity of 3000 liters costs twenty thousand riyals, and if any of us wants to bring water, the trucks cannot reach him, because we are at located down the mountain.

The spread of war in countries creates a fertile environment for the spread of armed manifestations, which fuels internal and armed conflicts between the residents of one city, thus creating an insecure society, dominated by ignorance about peaceful ways to resolve conflicts, so that the bullets remains the language of dialogue.

All of these problems exacerbated the suffering of HHs who were deprived of water, which led to the outbreak of conflicts between them and between the residents who are live above the water spring, almost amounting to armed conflicts that will cost them a lot.

With the spirit of energetic youth who calls for building societal peace, rejecting violence and giving priority to the public interest, in order for security to prevail in the society, and with their high determination and peaceful thinking that seek to achieve the principles of peaceful activism in a society that has been exhausted by war, the Youth Renewal Organization implemented its project entitled "Strengthening Community Mediation Efforts to Resolve Local Conflicts." Funded by GWQ, within the program of “Strengthening Community Participation Building the Capacity of CSOs and Youth and Women Initiatives and Activating Their Roles in Local Communities”, funded by CARE International, where the program targets many CSOs and youth and women’s initiatives with small grants to implement many projects in the framework of building community peace.

Mohammed with sad features says: "Before the project intervened, the issue of obtaining clean water was among the many concerns in our daily lives, to the point that it amounted to being our greatest concern. Our suffering from the problem has reached the point of depriving our children of access to education because they are busy fetching water from distant places, which may sometimes expose them to the risk of accidents.”

The project has contributed greatly to solving the problem that Mohammed and his neighbors have suffered for a long time, as the project worked to resolve the conflicts that arose in the area, by removing the waste that covered and polluted the site of the water spring, in addition to protecting it by installing an iron fence to prevent waste from being thrown again. Then, raising awareness of residents of the importance of hygiene through field awareness sessions and the installation of billboards calling for the importance of hygiene and placing the waste in its designated places.

Mohammed concludes happily: "Now the water spring has become very clean, and this makes 30 HHs feel comfortable, so that the people now have full awareness about the importance of hygiene and the change in their behavior, which made them throw garbage in its designated places even if they are far away. We are happy with that because we will not have to send our children to get water from far away, nor will we have to spend money to get water.” “How nice it is to have clean water easily.”


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