OP-ED

The tragedy of apathy

National Yemen

By Asma Al-Mohattwari

By Asma Al-Mohattwari

When Mustshar closed his eyes the night before, there was no way he could have known that the image of his brother sleeping next to him would be his last.

Mustshar and his brother Mushier lost their lives through no fault of their own. They just happened to live a short distance from a weapons depot they otherwise had no connection to.

They were sleeping innocently when an explosion rocked the weapons depot; the cause of the explosion remains unknown.

It’s not the first time that an explosion at a weapons depot occurred in the midst of a Yemeni town or city, resulting in multiple civilian deaths.

I really wonder why weapon depots are placed in the midst of cities and not far, far away from densely-populated neighborhoods. Such negligence can only mean one thing – that human lives are not sufficiently valuable to compel our government and military to take better precautions.

Though extraordinary measures are taken to protect high officials and foreigners, very little security precautions are taken to ensure the safe precautions are taken to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable citizens, especially children.

To the government: Where is the safety and security, these words which you so frequently fill our ears with? Don’t you understand what these two words mean?

Competent authorities should do their utmost to prevent crimes or attacks on the community by way of creating a state of security; which, in turn, results in genuine feelings of safety, whereby people are led to feel stable and tranquil, and unharmed by feelings of anxiety or fear.

Unfortunately, our government doesn’t understand the meaning of these two words. How do we know this? We continue to suffer from various crimes, and especially those concerned with children, including military recruitment of children.

People are unable to feel safe in their own houses, anxious about being subject to another weapons storage explosion, unpunished murder or theft.

Who is responsible of all this? We truly require security; while in your eyes, our lives may be cheap, for us they are truly dear.

Government officials, you must find solutions. Otherwise, your own children will be tomorrow’s victims.