Khadijah* is a divorcee. She is the mother of three daughters who live with her in one room in Taiz’, Al-Mawaset district. She has been the sole breadwinner for her family ever since she was divorced eight years ago.  She used to receive some support from her father to help her with her children.

“More than five years ago my father was diagnosed with diabetes. He couldn’t work anymore because of his condition so I had to find work to provide for my daughters and to help them complete their studies,” she says. 

Khadijah worked with farmers as daily wage labourer. She also helped women in her village gather firewood from the mountains. She usually earned between YR500-1,000 (around one USD) per day.

She adds: “I have a problem with my spine.  I can no longer do any hard labour. I had to stop working and started relying on generous people and charitable organisations to help me.”

Khadijah used to live in her father’s house together with her brothers and their families. One year ago she moved to another house consisting of only one room so that she and her daughters could live together alone as a family.

“We live in this room and we use my aunt’s bathroom and kitchen as she lives next to us,” she says. “I struggle to provide my daughters with the things they need especially clothes and school materials.”

Khadijah does not have an education herself but she hopes to see her daughters graduate from university one day. 
“No one knows our suffering”

She says that before the war people could help each other because food prices were cheap and men used to have jobs.  But now things are worse.

“Before the war, men used to travel to the city and work. But now they travel to the city and can’t find work,” she says. “My brothers can’t help me as they have families and don’t have jobs.”

“Life is difficult, sometimes we have enough food but most times we have only one meal a day. No one knows our suffering.”
The Norwegian Refugee council (NRC) with support from the UK government started providing people in Khadijah’s village with cash assistance

Khadijah started receiving money from NRC.  With her first cash transfer she was able to buy enough food to ensure that she and her daughters could eat three meals a day instead of one.

“NRC helped us to meet our basic needs and reduced our suffering. I can see families in the village are now happy,” she adds.

“If someone in the village is sick, we go to visit them and take juice and fruits with us.  But before the cash transfers we didn’t visit sick people as we couldn’t take anything with us.”

New source of income
Khadijah hopes to earn a source of income to provide for her family when the aid stops so she has started to keep goats.

“I used some of the money I received from NRC to buy two goats as raising goats may help me in the future to provide for my family, Khadijah says.”

Khadijah hasn’t raised goats before but has received support from her neighbours who have experience of raising goats. “My neighbours sell goats for a good price before Eid so I’m planning to do the same.”

Khadijah believes that receiving cash assistance is better than receiving food baskets because she can use the money freely to buy what she needs.

She hopes that her daughters don’t have to suffer like she has in her life. “I didn’t witness many happy moments in my life, I’ve suffered a lot. I work hard to make sure my daughters can have a better life.”

*name was changed as per the interviewee request.

Text: Nasser Abdulkareem/NRC
Photo: Riona McCormack/NRC

Khadijah ønsker et bedre liv for døtrene sine

Khadijah* lever et litt uvanlig liv for en kvinne i Taiz, en by i det sørvestlige Jemen. Hun er skilt, mor til tre døtre, og familiens eneforsørger.

Tradisjonen i Jemen er at en skilt kvinne drar tilbake for å bo hos faren sin, som betaler for henne og barna. Men dette var ikke mulig for Khadijah.

– Faren min fikk diabetes for mer enn fem år siden. Han kunne ikke arbeide mer på grunn av sykdommen, så jeg måtte finne meg en jobb så jeg kunne forsørge døtrene mine, og hjelpe dem å fullføre studiene sine, sier hun.

Khadijah fikk småjobber på gårder rundt omkring. Hun hjalp også kvinner i landsbyen med å samle ved og brensel fra fjellene. Hun tjente som regel mellom 500 og 1.000 jemenittiske rial (omtrent ti kroner) om dagen. Ettersom årene gikk, begynte det harde og fysiske arbeidet å tære på helsen hennes.

– Jeg har et problem med ryggmargen min, forteller hun. – Jeg kan ikke arbeide så hardt lenger. Jeg måtte slutte å jobbe, og måtte få hjelp av sjenerøse personer og veldedige organisasjoner for å overleve.

Et vanskelig liv

Khadijah pleide å bo i huset til faren, sammen med brødrene sine og deres familier. For et år siden flyttet hun til et lite ettroms hus, slik at hun og døtrene hennes kunne leve sammen som en familie.

Khadijah* is a divorcee. She is the mother of three daughters who live with her in one room in Taiz’, Al-Mawaset district. She has been the sole breadwinner for her family ever since she was divorced eight years ago.  She used to receive some support from her father to help her with her children.

“More than five years ago my father was diagnosed with diabetes. He couldn’t work anymore because of his condition so I had to find work to provide for my daughters and to help them complete their studies,” she says. 

Khadijah worked with farmers as daily wage labourer. She also helped women in her village gather firewood from the mountains. She usually earned between YR500-1,000 (around one USD) per day.

She adds: “I have a problem with my spine.  I can no longer do any hard labour. I had to stop working and started relying on generous people and charitable organisations to help me.”

Khadijah used to live in her father’s house together with her brothers and their families. One year ago she moved to another house consisting of only one room so that she and her daughters could live together alone as a family.

“We live in this room and we use my aunt’s bathroom and kitchen as she lives next to us,” she says. “I struggle to provide my daughters with the things they need especially clothes and school materials.”

Khadijah does not have an education herself but she hopes to see her daughters graduate from university one day. 
“No one knows our suffering”

She says that before the war people could help each other because food prices were cheap and men used to have jobs.  But now things are worse.

“Before the war, men used to travel to the city and work. But now they travel to the city and can’t find work,” she says. “My brothers can’t help me as they have families and don’t have jobs.”

“Life is difficult, sometimes we have enough food but most times we have only one meal a day. No one knows our suffering.”
The Norwegian Refugee council (NRC) with support from the UK government started providing people in Khadijah’s village with cash assistance

Khadijah started receiving money from NRC.  With her first cash transfer she was able to buy enough food to ensure that she and her daughters could eat three meals a day instead of one.

“NRC helped us to meet our basic needs and reduced our suffering. I can see families in the village are now happy,” she adds.

“If someone in the village is sick, we go to visit them and take juice and fruits with us.  But before the cash transfers we didn’t visit sick people as we couldn’t take anything with us.”

New source of income
Khadijah hopes to earn a source of income to provide for her family when the aid stops so she has started to keep goats.

“I used some of the money I received from NRC to buy two goats as raising goats may help me in the future to provide for my family, Khadijah says.”

Khadijah hasn’t raised goats before but has received support from her neighbours who have experience of raising goats. “My neighbours sell goats for a good price before Eid so I’m planning to do the same.”

Khadijah believes that receiving cash assistance is better than receiving food baskets because she can use the money freely to buy what she needs.

She hopes that her daughters don’t have to suffer like she has in her life. “I didn’t witness many happy moments in my life, I’ve suffered a lot. I work hard to make sure my daughters can have a better life.”

*name was changed as per the interviewee request.

Text: Nasser Abdulkareem/NRC
Photo: Riona McCormack/NRC
Les billedteksten Huset til Khadijah har bare ett rom. Der bor hun sammen med de tre døtrene sine. Foto: Riona McCormack/Flyktninghjelpen

Før krigen kunne folk hjelpe hverandre fordi matprisene var lave, og mennene hadde jobber. Men nå er ting verre.

– Livet er vanskelig, sier Khadijah. – Noen ganger har vi nok mat, men som regel spiser vi bare ett måltid om dagen. Ingen vet hvor mye vi lider.

– Jeg sliter med å få skaffet døtrene mine det de trenger, særlig klær og skolemateriell.

Fra ett måltid om dagen til tre

Med støtte fra den britiske regjeringen har Flyktninghjelpen begynt å hjelpe mennesker i landsbyen til Khadijah med pengestøtte.

Khadijah fikk kjøpt mat for minst to måneder med den første utbetalingen, og familien kunne også endelig spise tre måltider om dagen, i stedet for ett.

– Flyktninghjelpen hjalp oss med å skaffe basisvarer og ting vi trengte, og gjorde at vi fikk det bedre. Jeg ser at familiene i landsbyen er glade nå, sier hun.

 – Hvis noen i landsbyen er syke, besøker vi dem, og tar med oss juice og frukt.

 

Kjøpte geiter


Khadijah mener det er bedre å motta pengestøtte enn matvarer, siden det gjør at hun kan bruke pengene på det hun trenger.

Hun håper å få forsørget seg og barna sine selv når støtten en dag tar slutt. Derfor har hun startet å holde geiter.

– Jeg brukte noen av pengene jeg fikk av Flyktninghjelpen til å kjøpe to geiter. Å ha geiter kan hjelpe meg å forsørge familien min i fremtiden, sier hun.

Khadijah* is a divorcee. She is the mother of three daughters who live with her in one room in Taiz’, Al-Mawaset district. She has been the sole breadwinner for her family ever since she was divorced eight years ago.  She used to receive some support from her father to help her with her children.

“More than five years ago my father was diagnosed with diabetes. He couldn’t work anymore because of his condition so I had to find work to provide for my daughters and to help them complete their studies,” she says. 

Khadijah worked with farmers as daily wage labourer. She also helped women in her village gather firewood from the mountains. She usually earned between YR500-1,000 (around one USD) per day.

She adds: “I have a problem with my spine.  I can no longer do any hard labour. I had to stop working and started relying on generous people and charitable organisations to help me.”

Khadijah used to live in her father’s house together with her brothers and their families. One year ago she moved to another house consisting of only one room so that she and her daughters could live together alone as a family.

“We live in this room and we use my aunt’s bathroom and kitchen as she lives next to us,” she says. “I struggle to provide my daughters with the things they need especially clothes and school materials.”

Khadijah does not have an education herself but she hopes to see her daughters graduate from university one day. 
“No one knows our suffering”

She says that before the war people could help each other because food prices were cheap and men used to have jobs.  But now things are worse.

“Before the war, men used to travel to the city and work. But now they travel to the city and can’t find work,” she says. “My brothers can’t help me as they have families and don’t have jobs.”

“Life is difficult, sometimes we have enough food but most times we have only one meal a day. No one knows our suffering.”
The Norwegian Refugee council (NRC) with support from the UK government started providing people in Khadijah’s village with cash assistance

Khadijah started receiving money from NRC.  With her first cash transfer she was able to buy enough food to ensure that she and her daughters could eat three meals a day instead of one.

“NRC helped us to meet our basic needs and reduced our suffering. I can see families in the village are now happy,” she adds.

“If someone in the village is sick, we go to visit them and take juice and fruits with us.  But before the cash transfers we didn’t visit sick people as we couldn’t take anything with us.”

New source of income
Khadijah hopes to earn a source of income to provide for her family when the aid stops so she has started to keep goats.

“I used some of the money I received from NRC to buy two goats as raising goats may help me in the future to provide for my family, Khadijah says.”

Khadijah hasn’t raised goats before but has received support from her neighbours who have experience of raising goats. “My neighbours sell goats for a good price before Eid so I’m planning to do the same.”

Khadijah believes that receiving cash assistance is better than receiving food baskets because she can use the money freely to buy what she needs.

She hopes that her daughters don’t have to suffer like she has in her life. “I didn’t witness many happy moments in my life, I’ve suffered a lot. I work hard to make sure my daughters can have a better life.”

*name was changed as per the interviewee request.

Text: Nasser Abdulkareem/NRC
Photo: Riona McCormack/NRC
Les billedteksten Khadijah begynte å holde geiter for å skaffe seg en inntekt. Foto: Riona McCormack/Flyktninghjelpen

– Jeg har ikke opplevd så mange lykkelige stunder i livet. Jeg har lidd mye. Men jeg jobber hardt for å sørge for at døtrene mine skal få et bedre liv, sier Khadijah.

Khadijah er ikke alene. Krigen i Jemen har gjort stor skade. Anslagsvis 80 prosent av Jemens befolkning, 24 millioner mennesker, trenger humanitær assistanse – inkludert 14,3 millioner mennesker som har behov for akutt nødhjelp.

*Navnet har blitt endret for å beskytte identiteten.