Is Yemen Saudi Arabia's Ukraine?

03:46 PM | 10 Nov, 2017
Is Yemen Saudi Arabia's Ukraine?
The word ‘Holodomor’ is derived from Ukrainian, and is translated as ‘Death by Hunger’. The term first emerged in 1930’s during the terror-famine, an artificial food crisis enforced by Joseph Stalin in Ukraine.

An estimated 7-10 million people died as a result of the Great Famine. Hundreds of villages were wiped off the face of the earth and in some regions the death rates reached one-third. The dead were buried in cemeteries, wastelands and were thrown into wells. Long ditches were dug and corpses were heaped there. The roads were filled with the bodies of those who left their homes in search of food but perished along the way. And there were widespread reports of cannibalism.

Young Ukrainian boys struggling to avoid death by starvation during the Great Famine 1932-1933.

It was not allowed to talk or write about the famine, and it was almost 50 years after the Ukrainian “genocide through famine” that people started talking about it, monuments started to emerge and people started to pay tribute to the dead.

Victor Kravchenko, an expert in metallurgy and in-charge of a rolling mill at Nikopol, witnessed the Great Famine and wrote about these experiences in his autobiography, I Choose Freedom (1947):

“People dying in solitude by slow degrees, dying hideously, without the excuse of sacrifice for a cause. They had been trapped and left to starve, each in his home, by a political decision made in a far-off capital around conference and banquet tables. There was not even the consolation of inevitability to relieve the horror. … Everywhere were found men and women lying prone, their faces and bellies bloated, their eyes utterly expressionless.”

Nina Karpenko, who had witnessed and suffered the Great Famine, shared the horrors of starvation with the BBC. According to her:

"There was a deathly silence because people weren't even conscious. They didn't want to speak or to look at anything. They thought today that person died, and tomorrow it will be me. Everyone just thought of death."

The horrors and pain of Holodomor in Ukraine are unimaginable. Millions died because of the political decisions that led to economic crisis and eventually the Terror-Famine. The world can’t do anything about it now except for remembering the suffering of those who died slowly, painfully and in agony. But it looks like the world isn’t paying attention now either.

If the world had learned anything from the Great Famine in Ukraine, Yemen wouldn’t be facing more or less the same situation in the present day.

Saudi Arabia’s blockade of entry points to Yemen threatens to plunge the war-torn country into a famine that could starve millions of people. The Saudi-led alliance fighting Houthis in Yemen tightened its air, land and sea blockade of the country after a ballistic missile was fired towards Riyadh, on Saturday.

Three years into a vicious conflict, the war has all but destroyed Yemen’s health, water and sanitation systems. The poorest country in the Gulf depends on imports, amounting to up to 90% of its daily needs, and millions –including children - in the country are being kept alive by humanitarian aid.

After the blockade by Saudi Arabia, the war-torn country has been pushed to the brink of famine and has caused a mass cholera epidemic. While Yemen suffers from a catastrophic humanitarian crisis, the Saudi-led coalition is preventing flights carrying much-needed humanitarian aid for the survival from landing.

According to Al-Jazeera, hundreds of elderly and sick Yemenis "will die within the next week", unless Saudi Arabia lifts the blockade and allows urgent supplies in the country.

Hunger Crisis in Yemen 2017

The warning for one of the worst famine the world has seen in decades came from UN official Lowcock, who visited Yemen late in October. According to UN’s coordinator of humanitarian aid:

"I have told the Council that unless those measures [blockade by Saudia] are lifted ... there will be a famine in Yemen. It will be the largest famine the world has seen in many decades, with millions of victims” he said and added, “What kill people in famine are infections […] because their bodies have consumed themselves, reducing totally the ability to fight off things which a healthy person can.”

I understand, the rebel’s firing on to Riyadh is an outrageous act, but what’s more outrageous is Saudi Arabia’s reaction to it. By blocking the entry points to Yemen, it’s pushing the battle-weary country into a greater humanitarian crisis.

When Terror Famine was forced upon the Ukrainian people, the Kremlin requisitioned more grain than farmers could provide. When the peasants resisted, Brigades came and took everything. As the hunger mounted, authorities closed the borders so that people couldn’t go abroad and get food.

The same is happening in Yemen. There is no food left in the country; the war has taken its toll; water and sanitary systems have collapsed and the blockade by Saudi Arabia is taking away their only hope for survival – the foreign aid.

It took 50 years for the world to realize the hidden holocaust that happened in Ukraine, but it is hoped that the one in Yemen will not reach that stage. To prevent yet another Holodomor, the world leaders need to put pressure on Saudi Arabia, so that people in Yemen don’t wait for death by hunger the way the Ukrainians did.


Pakistani rupee inches up against US dollar, Euro, Pound and other currencies - Check forex rates here

Pakistani rupee advanced its winning momentum against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.

Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 2 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.15  287.95 
Euro EUR 309.9  310.5 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 359.4  360.05 
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.45  77.6
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.82 75.97
Australian Dollar AUD 187.72 188.22
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.94 767.94
Canadian Dollar CAD 209.99 210.49
China Yuan CNY 39.78 39.88
Danish Krone DKK 41.95 42.05
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.38 36.48
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.39 935.39
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 742.16 750.18
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.5 79.2
Singapore Dollar SGD 212.45 212.95
Swedish Korona SEK 27.09 27.19
Swiss Franc CHF 325.38 325.88
Thai Bhat THB 8.05 8.09

Gold registers big fall in Pakistan; check today gold rates in Pakatan - 2 December 2023

The price of gold fell by thousands of rupees as precious metal lost shine despite an upward trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 2 December 2023

On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,300 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,300.

Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs199,190, 21 karat rate costs Rs190,138 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,975.

Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Saturday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Karachi PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Islamabad PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Peshawar PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Quetta PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Sialkot PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Attock PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Gujranwala PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Jehlum PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Multan PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Bahawalpur PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Gujrat PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Nawabshah PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Chakwal PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Hyderabad PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Nowshehra PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Sargodha PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Faisalabad PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705
Mirpur PKR 217,300 PKR 2,705


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