Yemenis Turning to Solar Power to Ease Their Suffering: Report
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Yemen has now become one of the largest importers of solar panels, providing some comfort for families devastated by the ongoing Saudi-led war against the impoverished Arab country.
Millions of people have been displaced by the Saudi war, now in its fifth year. Many live in camps or abandoned buildings, with no electricity or proper sanitation facilities.
Fuel imports are restricted, or banned, making their hardship worse.
According to Al Jazeera, many Yemenis are now turning to solar power to try to ease their suffering.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives ever since.
The United Nations says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.
An estimated two million children in Yemen are currently suffering from acute malnutrition, including 360,000 under five years old, according to recent UNICEF reports.