In December 2020, a Siamese twin (conjoined twins) was born at Al-Sabeen Hospital in Sana’a, destined for life and death. According to doctors’ reports, the twins are in need of urgent treatment for a critical and delicate separation abroad. What can Yaser Al-Bukhiti, the father of the Siamese twins, do in Yemen, a war-ravaged country, suffering from a stifling blockade of airports and ports imposed by the war coalition countries on Yemen led by the US, KSA and the UAE? The psychological condition of the father is very difficult. The mother is also shocked by the condition of their two sons. Both of them have many questions about the fate of their two sons.
Officials in Sana’a look for the possibility of international organizations’ intervention to transfer the Siamese twins abroad to conduct a surgery for separating them from each other. Yaser Al-Bukhiti waited impatiently for a response. However, the response from the countries of war coalition, led by the US, KSA and UAE, was unexpected, as the response was a rejection to allow the Siamese twins to travel abroad. They conditionally allowed them to travel abroad only to one place, that is Saudi Arabia, the country that has waged a war on Yemen for six years. By this, they think that they could improve the image of those who kill children every day.
What should Yaser do and how could he face it? He felt that it was a sort of blackmail and a sordid exploitation of his humanitarian cause. The organizations stood helpless and could not convince the countries of the war coalition on Yemen to reverse their decision. Everyone stood baffled and shocked with the Saudi regime’s loss of human principles and values in the face of such a humanitarian situation. This confirms that we are in front of a clear violation of the standards of international humanitarian law, which affirmed the necessity to protect children in armed conflicts and to neutralize them from any conflicts and exploitation in wars. We are facing an instance of thousands of cases against children in Yemen, and the international community must intervene to stop these grave violations of children’s rights in Yemen.