Yemen – Mona Relief Organization’s Open Letter

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SHAFAQNA – To all God fearing people,

I pray this message finds you in the best of health. I pray too that today you find in your heart to listen to my plea – as my plea is not for myself, but that of a people broken by war, famine, and pandemic injustice.

To all of you I would kindly ask you remember Yemen in your prayers, since 26 million people still stand under the fire of a merciless war.

By now I need not tell you how much suffering and violence have befallen the Yemeni people … by now I need not tell you that a nation stands in ruins for its manner of prayer, and its desire to rise a free folk has angered Riyadh’s self-righteous pride.

For well over a year Saudi Arabia has rained death, lead, and infamy; vomiting its hatred, its spite, and its terrorism, without ever being challenged.

For well over a year, the innocents have suffered in their heart, and in their flesh …

For well over a year tears have not dried up … anguish has not yet released hearts from its clutches, and fear has eaten away at despairing souls.

In the face of such abominable atrocities words fail me … I no longer know how to best convey Yemen’s calls for help. I do not know how to make you see, and hear, when all I can see, and hear are the cries of my beloved Yemen – the land which has called me daughter even though I was not born on its soil.

I beg you to look and see the misery, and the helplessness of Yemen, as they hold a mirror to our own inability to act, and speak against tyranny and injustice.

Yemen needs not be broken!

Yemen needs not be hungry!

Yemen needs not be under military occupation!

Yemen needs not to see its skies darkened by mercenary armies!

Here and now … today … not tomorrow I beg you to hear Yemen’s cries, and offer assistance.

Whether Jews, Christians, Muslims, Sufis … whichever our faith, whichever the manner of our prayers, we remain forever God’s children. Whichever paths we have chosen to travel on, we will all be called back in the end to testify before Him.

And so, I will urge you to remember Imam Ali (AS) words when he said: “There are as many ways to God as there are breaths.”

As we argue God, to better claim righteous knowledge, is it not our humanity we are leaving behind?

Is it not arrogance which pushed us to sow dissent and discord, when all we were told to do was respect and love one another?

I will urge you to consider donating to Yemen. I will urge you to direct your donations to the Mona Relief Organization – one of Yemen’s last truly independent charitable organizations.

Today humanitarian aid has been politicized and weaponized – a new method of control wielded by Saudi Arabia against Yemen. Funds have been called away from independent NGOs this Ramadan, so that donations would not reach.

Yemen has resisted a grand resistance. Let’s honour Yemen’s courage by offering our support. It is only when we stand together that we will defeat tyranny. True victory lies in our ability to show compassion and act in the face if injustice.

There are victories which are won outside the battlefield for they speak of a Light grander than ourselves.

Today, now! Help Yemen fight … help Yemen rise a tidal wave against those who wish its sons and daughters dead.

Catherine Shakdam for the Mona Relief Organization

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