Sana’a (GPA) – In the besieged Yemeni city of Durihimi, just south of Hodeidah’s urban center, wounded people share beds and after death, they share graves.
Civilians living in Hodeidah, especially small towns like Durihimi, have faced a devastating siege on a scale even more dire than the rest of the country since last summer when the US-Saudi coalition launched their invasion and assault to occupy Hodeidah port. Despite peace agreements in Sweden and international agencies urging the coalition to halt its assault, the siege and deadly military attacks continue.
— Mohamad Al Shami (@mamashami) February 2, 2019
Even cemeteries are no longer available for civilians seeking to bury the corpses of their friends and family. Families of victims seeking to lay their loved ones to rest will have to find another place.
While digging graves, they must accommodate for more than one body due to space and the sheer number of daily victims. Here, graves are not filled with soil, they’re filled with bodies. This grave was dug in the backyard of a local hospital and filled with bodies of people who were living and breathing just days ago.
Local residents hold a funeral for one man. He should be inside an ambulance heading to the nearest hospital but now he’s on a stretcher heading to this shallow grave.
In reality, he would be safe in his home if it wasn’t for the Saudi-backed mercenary attacks.
An old man in unbearable pain walks slowly behind his son’s body wondering whether he can live after losing him or if sadness and grief will take his life.
Prior to the funeral, we see mind-numbing scenes of people approaching death. In Durihimi, death is everywhere and consistent. Death has become a fact of life ever since the US-Saudi coalition forces imposed a total siege on the city last year.
This video depicts a man named Mohammed on the day he was admitted to the hospital with a head injury and several other serious wounds from a mortar shell fired by Saudi-backed mercenaries attacking his city.
That day, Mohammed was lucky he got a bed, but not that lucky because he soon had to leave his bed so medical staff could care for his most pressing injuries.
The paramedics’ efforts to remove shrapnel from his body and seal his deep wounds were not successful.
Mohammed was suffering from chronic pain — not only from the deep wounds covering his body, but also the siege imposed on his city.
Barely breathing, he struggles to explain how he watched his friend die next to him despite the medics’ efforts to rescue him from the besieged city:
“My friend died. He’s gone. We were suffering. There were no medications. There was nothing. They must lift the siege and open the road for us to go to Hodiedah city or Bait al-Fakeh district. Here, [in Durihimi] we will die from pain.”
When his time came, medics attempted to revive Mohammed in hope that one day the siege will be lifted and he can receive medical attention from a properly staffed and stocked hospital.
Mohammed is now free from the siege of his pain. His passing has opened bed space for one more of the countless wounded people that enter the hospital. A local man pleads:
“Where are the humanitarian organizations? Where are the human rights organizations? Where is the UNSC? They should take a look at these people. Even in hospitals, they are being bombed. They’re already inside a hospital — where should they go?”
In the besieged city of Durihimi, wounded people share beds and after death, they share graves.
Residents continue to face assaults from Saudi-backed mercenaries on the ground and US-Saudi airstrikes from the sky. Victims who survive attacks arrive at make-shift hospitals lacking proper staff and medical supplies due to the siege and blockade.
Hundreds of civilians are trapped inside their homes in the al #Durayhimi district in #Hodeidah city pleading for the blockade to be lifted.
No water. No food. No health centers to save the wounded, who are under airstrikes and shelling #Yemen
— Maha Nagi (@MahaNagi) August 14, 2018
According to the latest report Geopolitics Alert received from officials in Sana’a, more than 878,000 people are at risk death from the lack of over 120 medicines for chronic diseases including 32,000 cancer patients and 7,000 patients with renal disease. Of course, this figure does not account for the more than 30,856 civilians killed or injured from airstrikes.
Advisory: Graphic content in the video below depicting hospital scenes. 18+ only. Viewer discretion advised.
Founder and editor of Geopolitics Alert, Randi Nord is a US-based geopolitical analyst and content strategist. She covers US imperialism with a special focus on Yemen, Iran, and Lebanon. Born in Detroit, Michigan, she started learning about the media’s pivotal role in selling “humanitarian” interventions as a teenager during the aftermath of 9/11 and Iraq war. Randi Nord has lived in the Empire’s neoliberal tropical paradise (Kingdom of Hawai’i) and Lebanon. She frequently participates in the UN Human Rights Council as a guest of NGOs speaking about Yemen.