AL-MUKALLA: Yemeni human rights activists, government officials and others have joined a social networking campaign to draw global attention to the suffering of the Hussein-dominated Hodeidah, who is experiencing long power outages as temperatures rise.
The Yemeni said that the Husseins, who had generated billions of Yemeni riyals (1 Yemeni riyal = 0.0037 euros) in revenue since April 2, spent little or no money to cope with growing power outages or a lack of other basic services in the city.
Using the hashtags #Hodeidahisdying and #Hodeidah_is_disaster_city, people posted pictures of half-born men and children sleeping outside or on the roofs of their homes to escape the heat.
“Our forgotten people in Hodeida are the biggest victims of Husni’s arrogance. Hunger, disease and injustice. They do not have the most basic rights, because the wealth of their land goes to others, “wrote journalist Akram Tawfeek on Twitter.
Muneir Mohammed, an activist who was detained in the Husi-led prison in Hodeidah, mentioned his summer days behind bars and said that this season in the city was “part of hell”.
“I spent several months in the Hussian militia prisons in Hodeid, and these were the worst days of my life. The heat not only burns the skin, but also melts the bones and intestines, “said Mohammed.
International humanitarian organizations say at least 70 percent of the country’s goods and 80 percent of humanitarian aid to Yemen pass through city ports.
At the end of 2018, the government and the Husians signed the Stockholm Agreement mediated by the UN. As part of the agreement, the Hussi agreed to deposit the proceeds from the ships transporting fuel and goods to the central bank in Hodeidah.
The proceeds would be used to pay government employees in Houthi-controlled areas in exchange for the government to halt a military offensive in Hodeidah.
In July 2020, the government accused the Husis of looting nearly $ 160 million from the central bank branch in Hodeidah and of refusing to pay salaries to government employees.
Hodeidah residents and officials said the stolen money was transferred to Sana’a in support of Houthi’s military operations, so Hodeidah residents struggled with long power outages during the hot season.
Waleed al-Qudaimi, deputy governor of Hodeidah, said the Husseins had recently plundered billions of Yemeni rials from the Hodeidah Electricity Fund and transferred the sums to Sanaa, adding that the proceeds were to be used to maintain or purchase the city’s electricity grids. new to meet electricity demand during the summer. “Hodeidah and his people are facing death and pain due to the continued looting of their income,” Al-Qudaimi said.
Residents said electricity was available three hours a day and widespread outages affected all sectors, including hospitals, where patients died due to lack of air conditioning.
“The situation in Hodeide is very difficult. Patients die from power outages. We demand that the UN and its Special Envoy force the party under Hodeidah’s control to resolve the power outage, “said Hodeidah, a journalist currently working in Aden, on condition of anonymity.
From a city controlled by Husi, where protests are brutally suppressed, people protested anonymously online or talked about their suffering to friends and relatives outside the country.
“My children are overwhelmed by the summer heat. Their faces and bodies were deformed. Thousands of children in Hodeide suffer. Their skin is burned, as if you were pouring acid on it. They cry during the day and suffer at night, “says a report from a Hodeida resident who was widely spreading on social media.
This text is a translation of an article published on Arabnews.com