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Poor Little Samra
  Written By:  Hakim Almasmari ( Editor-in-Chief)*
  Article Date:
September 15, 2008 



For most of us who live in Yemen, you would know that one of the quietist time of the day is when people break their fast as streets become empty and silence covers the country for at least 30 minutes.

A couple of days ago, after the Athan for Maghrib (when people break their fast), I was still driving on a main street in Sana'a while all the streets were completely empty. I had small snacks with me in the car to break my fast because I knew that I would reach home late. As I was driving, I saw a 13 year old girl sitting near a closed shop, having nothing to eat, at a time that people are having  numerous dishes. I stopped my car and started watching her. I wanted to know how and where will she break her fast after a long day of not eating or drinking. She did not move for nearly five minutes, which made me understand that she has no one to help her or look after her. I called her and gave her what I could at that time, and offered her some of the snacks I had. She was ashamed to take any money nor snacks from me, but when I insisted she took them. This girls name is Samra and is one of the many Yemeni children who are homeless.

When will the government lend such people a helping hand? While our officials and those responsible for the country enjoy a variety of dishes, Samra is left waiting on a street curb, hoping for another helping hand to pass by.

* Editor-in-Cheif could be reached at:  editor@yemenpost.net