The violent attack launched by the Saudi-led coalition forces on the city of Hodeidah every now and then has led to waves of population internal displacement to Amran governorate.
Fatima and her husband, who works as a fisherman in the Red Sea, were among the IDPs who sought refuge in Dahadh Refugee Camp in Amran governorate. They fled due to the fighting and the bombing of the city. Fatima always recalls memories of the displacement journey, which lasted for more than 12 continuous hours, for a distance of 300 km between Hodeidah and Amran governorates. She recalls the horror she had experienced when she heard the sounds of combat operations approaching her home. The couple currently lives in a modest tent on the far edge of the camp, where there is no sea, which they used to live beside throughout their lives.
Fatima and her husband were living together in Hodeidah until military operations broke out in the city in June 2018, when the Saudi and UAE-led War Coalition forces attacked the city and the Saudi coalition warplanes bombed heavily to control the city of Hodeidah.
She was very worried about her husband’s life, as she had heard stories of fishermen being targeted and killed in July.
The camp in which they live in lacks the most basic necessities of life. There is a severe shortage of household gas. It is sometimes difficult to find clean water for drinking and cooking, let alone other needs.
“It’s safer here, even if I don’t have my own house; and even if it’s cold in the winter,” says Fatima. “I hope I can go back to my home in Hodeidah.”