Najat, a 45-year-old woman, faces the harsh realities of life in war-torn Yemen. Following the death of her father, she has become the breadwinner for her family of nine, which includes a daughter with Down syndrome.
The country is marked by economic challenges. The effects of the civil war have exacerbated their struggles with its residents grappling with the difficulty of securing life’s basics, pushing families like Najat's to the brink.
The family's primary income source is the salary left by Najat's deceased father, amounting to 30,000 Yemeni riyals (CAD$161). To supplement this income, Najat sells ice cream and sweets to children in their community.
Najat's family faces the struggle of not being able to afford food due to high food prices and limited income sources. Muslim Hands Canada’s bread factory in Aden, Yemen is a source of sustenance for families like Najat’s, providing fresh loaves of bread to orphans, widows and the disabled.
As Yemen continues to grapple with the impact of the civil war, the case of Najat and her family highlights the need for sustained humanitarian support. Initiatives like bread factories play a crucial role in providing sustenance to vulnerable communities, tackling famine and food insecurity.