In a scene that reflects the tragedy that Yemenis are experiencing in the areas under the control of the Houthi militia, the Houthi media highlighted what they said were large sums of dollars collected under the name of zakat, which were not used, at a time when an oil engineer is offering one of his kidneys for sale to cover his family’s expenses.
This comes in conjunction with the announcement by the Ministry of Education in the unrecognized Houthi coup government to donate millions of riyals in the context of propaganda to raise funds for the benefit of the so-called war effort, while about 170,000 teachers and their families have been starving because of the robbery of their salaries since 2016.
The pioneers of social networking sites in Yemen were surprised that an oil engineer offered his kidney for sale so that he could feed his children. They were also surprised by the Houthi media showing huge amounts of wrapped dollars, saying that they are the amounts of zakat they collected this year, coinciding with the launch of a campaign to collect donations for what it says is Support for Palestine in a ceremony witnessed by the education sector, whose members did not receive their salaries.
Engineer Abdul Majeed Al-Maqtari says: “I am offering to sell a kidney from my body so that I and my family can live. The matter is serious, not for consumption.” He added, in another publication, that he worked with the Yemeni Ministry of Oil and the Oil Exploration and Production Authority for 22 years without stopping in many oil sectors.
A friend of the engineer commented, denouncing the state of poverty that people have reached under the rule of the Houthi militias, saying: “This is an oil engineer who has been working in the Oil Exploration and Production Authority in Sana’a for 22 years. He has reached this stage, which forced him to offer his kidneys for sale, to be able to feed his children.” .
He added: “Engineers, doctors, teachers and cadres of Yemen are dying silently in their homes out of pride, and thieves (meaning the Houthis) are driving billions to kill the Yemeni people.”
In contrast to this bleak picture, the Houthi militia media is reviewing the money it collected under the name of zakat, and the strangest thing is the footage that it broadcast and showing a large number of US dollars still wrapped, which was shown at a ceremony to collect more donations under the name of supporting jihad.
Earlier, the Yemeni Teachers Syndicate announced that 170,000 teachers in Houthi-controlled areas have been living without salaries for 4 years, and the Ministry of Education in the unrecognized coup government announced the launch of an educational donation campaign to support the Palestinian cause, as it alleges.
Militia leaders recently deliberately offered their personal weapons for sale under the pretext of supporting the jihad in Palestine, in conjunction with forcing them to offer millions of riyals under this name, a pretext that the group usually resorts to to earn more money to finance its war effort.