Sunday, October 7, 2012

Saving lives

It must be really depressing to see people landing up on the shore half famished or almost on the verge of death.
This is what happens on the shores of Yemen in the month of August / September. It is due to the instability of southern Yemen.

People try to flee in the best (or worst) possible ways not knowing where or how they are going to land at the other end.
The smugglers who take them in small boats are ruthless, often beating the passengers and overloading the boat and undergoing the risk of capsizing.
There are some who has come forward to help such victims and one such organisation is  the SHS (Society for Humanitarian Solidarity)
As soon as they get word, they land up at the beach to give immediate food a water relief. Some of the victims are too traumatised to move.
After a short rest at the shore they are taken to the nearest transit center where they can rest for a few hours so that they can have a meal before taking them to the reception center in Awhwar or Mayf’aa.
There are risks involved like endangering their own lives to save others, pulling people out of the waves in difficult seas and operating in extremely volatile security conditions where tribal violence is a daily occurrence.
In some cases where there are causalities, they even bury the dead.
Al-Hamairy founded SHS in 1995, when he found that the new arrivals became a burden to the impoverished local community. He says that he was motivated by the NGO to assist both the groups.
In naming SHS as the 2011 Nansen Refugee Award winner, the UN Refugee agency recognizes the life- saving assistance provided to the tens of thousands of refugees and migrants who arrive on Yemen’s shores each year.
You can see a movie on it - click here


Bhavna Shivalkar said...

This is so sad. Kudos to Al-Hamairy for taking the initiative.

rama said...

It is indeed a very good work done by this organisation.
It was really sad to see so many people suffering.

Lazy Pineapple said...

It must take so much of guts to risk your own life to save someone else's. Hats off to these brave souls..

Bikramjit said...

such sad ways.. in my line of work I have found some unpleasant scenes , just imagine the mentality of the people who are willing to give their life to reach the other side .. such sad pitiable situations they are in ..

and the organisation doing the work well good luck to them and they are doing a great service .. god bless them all


Christine H. said...

It's so inspiring that people are willing to take risks to save these poor people. There is hope!

Jeannette said...

Desperation meeting mercy and courage... thank you for sharing about this.

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SweetMarie said...

These people have big hearts. It's all so sad though. Glad you are bringing this awareness to blog land.

Aparna (Life Takes) said...

Kudos SHS!

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Siddhartha Joshi said...

This is really really sad...and so little has changed in all these years. It has only gotten worse :(