The little girl, Badriyah, lives with her family in a village on the western coast of Yemen. She spent her childhood living comfortably in a family surrounded by care. She lived a safe and stable life until she reached the age of twelve, but that damned war insists that this child must take a share of the catastrophic impacts of war and aggression on Yemen, whose victims were often the most vulnerable groups of children and women.
One day, the sounds of explosions and clashes in the West Coast areas were less frequent, which tempted the girl Badriyah to leave her home to one of the village’s homes to get some of her house’s needs. She did not know that such calm would be followed by a storm of devastation sweeping the village and putting things upside down. It was only a few moments until missiles were poured from the Saudi-led coalition warplanes on the village homes indiscriminately and the explosions demolished the houses over the heads of their residents with a horrible scene similar to that of Hollywood action movies. The panicky people of the village rushed to leave their homes seeking survival, while the horrified little girl Badriyah rushed towards her house. As soon as she saw the remains of her family’s home that have been leveled by the bombing of the warplanes, the girl was hysterically shocked and ran aimlessly on the roads until she reached one of the main highways connecting the western coast with the other governorates. The girl met with some good people who took her to Sana’a city and deposited her in one of the orphanages of girls.
The first few days of little Badriyah’s stay in the orphanage house were the most difficult, as all the psychological effects of the trauma appeared on the girl and she spent many days in a state of melancholy, sadness, loss of appetite, autism, alienation and sleep disorders accompanied by nightmares related to the shock.
The task of the social workers in the shelter was very difficult, trying to help the girl to overcome the effects of the shock. However, integrating the girl child with the other children of the shelter helped a lot to alleviate the psychological effects of the traumatic event. Slowly and steadily, the little girl was rehabilitated to accept the situation inside the shelter. The nature of the girl’s social life and her simplicity helped her to be fully integrated into the shelter’s programs and activities, as she joined non-formal education (literacy) and was integrated into some vocational rehabilitation programs such as sewing and confectionery. Although she completed vocational training courses, the most important thing that Badriyah aspires to is to achieve two dreams in her life: the first is to establish a shelter for children in the West Coast, where her family resides; and the second is to stop this damned and futile war that displaced the children of Yemen in all lands and that peace prevails the world