Initiative encourages donations to improve growing food crisis
“I can't save money at all because I'm a soldier and the salary I receive doesn'tsuffice me and my family of four boys and a girl,” Abass said.
“Thank Allah, I'm better than many others who find nothing to eat,” he said.
Many Yemenis, like Abass, live in poverty. International reports indicate millions in Yemen suffer from poverty and malnutrition.
There are more than 170,000 internally displaced persons from Abyan and 314,000 homeless because of the conflict in north Yemen, according a recent U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) report.
The Yemeni government is seeking financial support from several countries to manage the crisis.
Several countries have provided aid to help stem the growing food crisis and to support finding a solution. A March conference in Saudi Arabia dealt with ways to effectively support Yemen.
A group of journalists from the Gulf headed by Ali Al-Dhafiri launched an initiative to support poverty stricken Yemenis.
On Twitter, he said the initiative aims to shed light on humanitarian conditions.
The initiative, “For the Sake of Yemen,” is not related to any political party, Al-Dhafiri said, and it doesn'tdirectly collect money but instead encourages people and institutions to donate to trusted people working to improve the situation.
Authorities know the initiative’s volunteers, he said.
Al-Dhafiri said the initiative focuses on encouraging the media what’s happening in Yemen.
“We need a maximum of 100 elites, religious men, youths, famous actors, journalists, politicians and political activists” to make a difference, he said.
Several Yemeni activists and journalists have praised the initiative.
Faris Al-Hemiari, a Xinhua correspondent, said the initiative includes new ways of providing support. He said Yemen overcame several political problems, but the most important challenge now is to overcome the humanitarian problems, and this is the core of the initiative.
Al-Hemiari said he hopes the government would facilitate the initiative’s work and wishes that educated and famous local figures will cooperate to make it successful.