By NY Staff
A ceremony to inaugurate the “Aman” Campaign was held in Sana’a recently. The campaign, which aims to promote knowledge about the dangers of chewing Qat, focused specifically on the importance of protecting embryos and infants from the harmful effects of masticating Qat leaves. The ceremony was arranged by the organization Yemen Without Qat, in cooperation with the Capital Secretariat and the Ministry of Population and Public Health. During the Ceremony, the representative of Administrative Unit Affairs for the Capital Secretariat joined media members and civil society organizations in a call for more attention to social issues that impact the public health.
According to the Secretariat’s representative, the Aman Camaign for protecting embryos and infants came about as a response to increased Qat chewing among girls and mothers and, in particular, pregnant women. The increasing incidence of this phenomenon is seen by some to pose a growing threat to society.
The dangers of Qat are becoming increasingly known throughout the country. One member of the Foundation Board of Trustees for the organization, al-Haj Abdallowasa Hayel noted that Qat may be one of the most prominent problems in the country, making market impacts on Yemen’s society, health, social structure and environment.
The Secretary General of Yemen Without Qat, Dr. Ziad Hameed, described the aim of the Aman Campaign as trying to change the community’s opinion about the Qat tree, which he says damages everything beautiful in his homeland.
Yemen Without Qat is currently planning an international conference that will gather doctors and specialists from around the world to explain the damages of Qat in scientific terms.
Mr. Faiza is the Deputy Ambassador to Japan as well as a member of the Good Governance working group at the National Dialogue Conference. In a recent speech, Mr. Faiza shared a dream of watching Yemen Without Qat truly swaying the Yemeni people. To achieve this dream, it is necessary to end the tradition of Qat-chewing in Yemen, particularly among the younger generations.