A video clip of a Yemeni young man eating a raw pigeon in front of passers-by caused an uproar on social networking sites in Yemen, due to the strangeness of the scene and the lack of knowledge of his motives.
The young man appeared in a street in Yarim, Ibb governorate, devouring a raw pigeon with its feathers, amid the ridicule of passers-by.
Activists did not hide their shock at the video, which spread like wildfire, as one of them commented, “This person suffers from a mental illness,” while another replied that it was “a rare case for a raw bird to be eaten in this way.”
While others saw that what he did was due to severity hunger The lack of food.
Divided opinions about the video
Social activist Ghassan Salah considered, “Yemenis in a time of poverty and hunger are eating from garbage and making a living from it, so they have nothing to eat.”
While activists described the video as a humanitarian disaster, calling for the intervention of the United Nations and human rights organizations all over the world to save Yemenis from signs of a deadly famine that threatens the lives of millions of exhausted families living below the poverty line in Yemen.
The clip brought to mind tragic scenes documented by previous videos, including the scene of the Yemeni youth feeding dirt in his mouth, and other scenes of Yemenis living in a rural town eating leaves from one pot.
In addition to other pictures, destitute children gather around the largest garbage dump in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, waiting for garbage trucks to dig among their piles for the remains of fresh food to restore their empty equipment.
It is noteworthy that human rights organizations have repeatedly warned of a catastrophic famine crisis in Yemen, after funding dwindled, as the number of people in need of food aid reached 17.4 million people.
The Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Program and UNICEF expected that the number of people who are unable to meet their minimum food needs in Yemen will reach a record 19 million people.
UN agencies have indicated that an additional 1.6 million people in the country are expected to fall into emergency levels of hunger, bringing the total to 7.3 million by the end of the year.
2.2 million children suffer from acute malnutrition, including half a million children suffering from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition, in addition to about 1.3 million pregnant or lactating women suffering from acute malnutrition.