Amani Alwarafi, an Islamic Relief field worker, wrote for The New Humanitarian about the situation in her town of Taiz in Yemen and how the ceasefire is going.
Read Amani’s full report in The New Humanitarian: In Yemen’s Taiz, hope and disappointment one month into ceasefire
“This month, for the first time ever, I have been able to leave my house for work without worrying if I will ever see my son again.
“Yemen has been devastated by seven years of war. As an aid worker who lives and works in Taiz, a mostly besieged city in the southwest of Yemen, I’ve become used to death and fear. My son, now three years old, was born into this conflict; he has never known anything other than the constant sounds of shelling.
“So you can imagine the relief and hope I felt when a two-month truce was announced, starting in April with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. We truly need this break. The humanitarian situation here in Taiz is horrific; it’s even worse than what you see in the news….