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From the Front Part 12

Confirmation- Red Cross trucks were allowed to enter Damaaj two days ago, alhamdulillah. The Houthis first demanded a third of what they were bringing in; the Red Cross countered this with an offer of a tenth. They ended up having to hand over a fourth of the aid that was intended for the people who are being blockaded to the oppressors who are doing the blockading. And of course, they only took food, they left the other supplies such as diapers.

 

Mujaahid heard that five trucks got through, carrying medical supplies as well as staples such as flour, sugar and oil. They were also allowed to evacuate the wounded from the Houthi offensive last week. There had been no one in the village capable of treating their injuries. They simply tried to make them as comfortable as possible, giving them antibiotics and pain medicine as they were able. One of them is going to lose his arm for sure, mash’Allaah.

 

One-eighth of the remaining aid will go to the people of Damaaj, and the rest will be split up between the single students and those with families. Mujaahid was going to go in after the last prayer of the day to pick up theirs. Raisins are abundant in the village as well, and Mujaahid said they still have dates too. They are drinking unsweetened qishr, a coffee-like drink enjoyed in many different parts of Yemen. They drink it Southern-style, holding a date in their mouths as they sip the hot drink, so that the dried fruit lends sweetness to the otherwise bitter drink. He said they also make a drink by soaking the raisins in water- it is naturally sweet and gives them some much needed iron as well. There are no more chickens in the village at this point, but he was able to purchase a couple before they were gone. He said he went into the hawsh the other day and saw little Suhayb cuddling one of them, kissing its head and calling it “baby”. Must be some of my farm girl genes showing up in my little grandson, mash’Allaah.

 

The blockade has helped to make clear the state of the people. For example, one store owner left, locking his remaining stock in his house. Last week the villagers broke in and found flour and wood, both precious commodities, hoarded and kept from these people who need it badly. On the other hand, an Indian brother bought a cow that had been injured by gunfire, had it slaughtered and butchered, and simply gave it away…a few days later, he was able to do it again, may Allaah reward him for his generosity and kindness.

 

He tells me that a few days ago some of them were weighing themselves. Mujaahid, who was thin to start with, has worn down to fifty kilos. I don’t know what to say to that, mash’Allaah…so I don’t say anything at all. He laughs it off, but the lump stays in my throat for a few minutes afterwards.

 

Mujaahid said they are only able to get water at night- it is too dangerous for them to gather to get it in the morning, as large groups are more likely to be shot at. He said that they cook with wood now, and he has the job of chopping it.

 

“Chop wood, carry water- how Zen,” I tease him.

 

“I really like it,” he says. “Must be in my blood.” My grandfather was a logger in the north woods of Wisconsin many years ago. But Grandpa George took wood out of the forests; Mujaahid and his family are chopping up furniture and building supplies and whatever they are able to find. They have moved in with Hiyaat’s family.

 

“It just feels better,” he tells me, “to be together in times like this.”

 

How I wish I could be there for him, or have him here safe with me. I ask Allaah daily, several times a day, to bring us back together.

 

Until then, we wait, and we pray.

 

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8 comments

Umm Abdillaah on December 5, 2011 4:19 pm Reply

AsSalaamu’alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh,
We are making du’a too. May Allaah grant you patience and accept our du’a.
Your Sister,
Umm Abdillaah

Dani G. on December 5, 2011 4:30 pm Reply

Sending you some Light, Khadijah!

Mary M-S on December 5, 2011 8:25 pm Reply

Thinking of you with heart felt prayers for you and your family.

Khadija Oum Oummayya on December 7, 2011 12:16 pm Reply

Assalaam Alaykoem warahmatoe Allaahi wabarakatohoe dear sister, were thinking all of u here in the Netherlands, en we try to help u all with money or dua in our prayers. May Allaah destroy those filthy rafidah and help the people of Ahlul Hadith to win this war, En for those who died may Allah blessed them with djanaa in the here after. Stay strong And if there is something we could do for u just tell us Bi idni Allah i am you’re sister and i love u for the sake of Allaah, Hayaakoum Allaah

ummfathima on December 7, 2011 3:49 pm Reply

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
May Allah eradicate the raafidah and grant victory to the people od sunnah.
Jazakillah fr yr enlightening updates on the situation.May allah reward you and give u and yours the patience.

Thurayah Stoehr on December 14, 2011 12:33 pm Reply

Dear Khadijah, A very bitter sweet report isn’t it. The supplies got through, but still so much to worry about. Thank you so much for keeping us up to date with everything else you have going on. With you we wait and pray. Thurayah

Khadijah on January 19, 2012 8:53 pm Reply

Assalamu alaykum ukhtie I am very touched by your memoirs, Me and my family admire your writing talent mashallah, My husband has been wanting to publish his own memoirs about his journey from afghanistan to the states. My husband ask if perhaps if you would be interested in making a book and having it published. Please get back to my email if you are interested, we can put our husbands in contact with each other.

Khadijah on January 22, 2012 2:52 am Reply

Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
Alhamdulillah, I am so happy that you enjoy the blog, and that you took the time to let me know. I hope that it can in some way be of benefit, insh’Allaah.