Middle East

Yemen conflict: A week in the life of suffering civilians

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Image caption A girl in Sanaa looks at the destruction after an airstrike

Some 5,000 people, including at least 2,355 civilians, have been killed in Yemen since the escalation in March of the conflict between forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement.

The fighting has spread to 21 out of 22 of the country's provinces and shows no sign of ending. Almost 1.5 million people have been displaced.

The destruction of infrastructure and a naval blockade by a Saudi-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the rebels have led to 21 million people - 80% of the population - being deprived of life-sustaining commodities and services.

The BBC spoke to a resident in Yemen each day, between Monday and Friday, to find out what is life like under the current circumstances.


Ahmad Murgim lives in the capital, Sanaa. He has witnessed air strikes almost every day. "It's our normality," he says.

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Media captionAhmad Murgim lives in Sanaa


Abu Al Anwar Salim Ajjar lives in the northern city of Hajjah and says a friend's wife who had cancer died because of a shortage of medicine.

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Media captionAbu Al Anwar Salim Ajjar, lives in Hajjah


Badri Al Hasani lives in the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah. He says people are luck to get an hour of electricity each day. "Darkness. That's what I feel," he adds.

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Media captionBadri Al Hasani, lives in Al Hudaydah


Sami Al Jabri is a resident of Dhamar, in the south. He complains that there is chronic lack of food. "Sometimes we just pick things from the trees to eat," he says.

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Media captionSami Al Jabri, lives in Dhamar


Ali Ahmad lives in Taiz, a southern city that has seen fierce fighting in recent weeks. "For us, the future is lost. There is no hope," he says.

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Media captionAli Ahmad, lives in Taiz

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Why is there fighting in Yemen?

  • Northern Shia Muslim rebels known as Houthis, backed by forces loyal to Yemen's ex-president, took over parts of Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa, and forced the government into exile in March
  • The rebels accused the government of corruption and of planning to marginalise their heartland within a proposed federal system
  • Forces loyal to the government and Southern militias regained control of Aden in July, aided by Saudi-led coalition air strikes and troops

The war the world forgot?

Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe

Who is fighting whom?

Meeting the Houthis and their enemies

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