An unprecedented stagnation prevails in the sacrificial markets in the capital, Sana’a and its environs, with the price of sacrifice rising to record levels that exceed the citizens’ ability to purchase. Every year is worse than before, as people are unable to provide clothes and sweets for their children, as well as providing the value of sacrifices. The joy of Eid is a delayed joy, so it is not known When will it be felt and the Houthi militias confiscate it every year.
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Omar, a government employee, confirms that he has not been able to buy the sacrifice for five years, but this year he was not able to even approach it. At the rate of half the salary of 20,000 riyals every three months, and this amount is not enough to buy the sacrifice, meaning the value of the sacrifice is more than my annual income.
In his interview with Al-Sahwa Net, “Omar” continues: “Despite my ridiculously low level of income, I still consider myself a middle-class family compared to other families that I know personally, which cannot provide food for that day, and it is not one or two families, but there are thousands of families living In this case, the Yemenis have reached the stage of the pathetic question: Can you still provide the value of the basic necessities? Then you are from the class of the rich!!
Adnan, the owner of a food store, confirms, “The majority of Yemenis have become looking at the sacrifice as a beautiful dream because they are unable to buy it, due to the high prices and lack of income, which made many people focus on providing basic living requirements.
Adnan continues that half of the salary that a government employee will receive will not suffice him even to pay his debt for groceries, not to mention the requirements of Eid, clothing and other things. In preparing for Eid al-Adha and meeting its consumer and food requirements and needs, as well as the Eid clothing and sacrifice, most of their concern has become to provide the necessary food and some services such as water, electricity, medicine and renting the house, but buying the sacrifice is a type of luxury that is not available to the majority of the people.
For his part, Abdullah, a sacrifice seller in Sanaa, confirms that the movement of sacrificial animals is very weak this year and that the demand for them by citizens is “rare” compared to previous years due to the deteriorating living conditions, high prices and repeated taxes by the Houthi on citizens, as he put it.
He added, “The prices of sacrifices this year are stable, due to the lack of demand to buy them, unlike what was the case years ago, when the prices of livestock were rising from the beginning of the month of Dhul-Qa’dah, and that sellers are afraid not to sell reasonable quantities of livestock and that they will have to store them for the next year, which may be worse”.
“Mahoub”, a construction worker, believes that the situation does not allow the ordinary citizen to buy a head of sheep whose value ranges between fifty to eighty thousand riyals. As for cows, their price has reached five hundred thousand to one million riyals, and these amounts – the majority of citizens no longer dream of owning them in light of “” The Houthis “dominate over people’s livelihoods, capabilities, and jobs, and he adds: “From God’s mercy on human beings, he did not impose the sacrifice on Muslims, but rather made it a Sunnah, while making feeding the family a duty.”
The price hike crisis is one of the most important crises that the Yemeni citizen is experiencing during the current period and comes within a series of crises caused by the coup of the Houthi group in September 2014 and caused severe damage to the living life of citizens with the cessation of salaries, the increase in royalties, the lack of job opportunities and oil derivatives, and the suspension of many different projects and activities.