ACTNews, SANA’A – For countries with four seasons, the end of the year marks the advance of winter. The freezing winter temperature is also felt by the Yemenis living in humanitarian crisis.
Though Yemen is widely known for its vast tropical desert, winter still brings unbearable chill. In Sana’a, the maximum temperature during the day reaches 23⁰ Celsius, but it drops to no more than 10⁰ Celsius at night.
The freezing cold in Yemen has made life a lot harder for Yemeni Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Most of them live in simple tents made of fabrics and tarpaulins that cannot protect their inhabitants from the cold. The IDPs are not equipped with room heaters nor winter gears to protect them from the cold.
Rudi Purnomo of SOS for Yemen I – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) reported that his team finally received permission to distribute packages of mattresses and blankets on Wednesday (11/29). With the help of local volunteers, he distributed the mattresses and blankets to 100 families in the area of Shamlan neighborhood in Sana’a.
“Alhamdulillah, after we were permitted to distribute the aid packages, we then sought the mattresses and blankets to be distributed,” said Purnomo.
The beneficiaries were queuing in a field. Men, women and children were gathered to be listed before they received the mattresses and blankets brought by ACT.
“They were listed so that the aid can be distributed to all of them evenly. It will also make it easier of for future aid distributions,” explained Purnomo.
Purnomo, who has been staying in Sana’a for weeks, also felt the freezing winter air that shrouds Sana’a at night. If that’s the case with someone sleeping in a permanent building, what about those living in tents?
One of the locals who didn’t want to be identified said that the winter makes life more difficult for the IDPs. “We direly need food, medical assistance and clean water. We have no money to buy them. Prices have soared uncontrollably here,” he said.
It’s not easy trying to survive amidst raging war. According to theguardian.com, most government workers have not been paid in more than two years. The Yemenis now rely solely on humanitarian aid to survive.
“Insha Allah, we will always be in their service, for they are expecting us Indonesians to always help the people of Yemen,” said Purnomo.