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Awful Beyond Awful: From Aslam In Yemen’s Hajjah, Families Eat Leaves To Survive Under Zio-Saudi-UAE Siege

by Jonathan Azaziah

Yemen will go down in the record books for all the excruciating ways it breaks our hearts. In the Aslam district of Hajjah in the Yemeni north where Saudi Arabia and the UAE are besieging (like the rest of the country) and have bombed, re-bombed and then bombed some more, the people are gathering portions of leaves off Arabian Wax Leaf vines and boiling them into a sour paste just so they can survive the siege. Hajjah has seen severe acute malnutrition skyrocket this year, with 17,000 cases in the first six months alone–and 1,319 of those cases are children in Aslam. The district is a dystopian nightmare, as parents of suffering, starving kids don’t even have enough money to buy diapers and the main health center is out of pediatricians, electricity, fuel and oxygen cylinders. Pictures and videos have made it into mainstream media and alternative media. Looking and watching puts your soul through a meat-grinder. There aren’t enough curses to be uttered in the Mother Tongue or the Colonialist Tongue that would suffice for Riyadh and Abu Dhabi for what they’ve done to Yemen. Continue reading Awful Beyond Awful: From Aslam In Yemen’s Hajjah, Families Eat Leaves To Survive Under Zio-Saudi-UAE Siege