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How do you explain bombs and cholera to kids? You lie

The situation inside Sab'een Hospital in Sana'a, Yemen. Credit: UNICEF, Moohialdin Alzekri
The situation inside Sab'een Hospital in Sana'a, Yemen. Credit: UNICEF, Moohialdin Alzekri

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How do you raise a family in a war zone? Our Observer Hisham al-Omeisy lives in Yemen’s capital Sana’a with his wife and two boys aged seven and 11. He tells us what it is like living in a country crippled by famine, disease, and a civil war, which has been ongoing for two years and has left millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance.

From gifs, cat memes, and dark humoured jokes (“Yemen is now a vegetarian’s nightmare”, he tweeted on May 17, because of a recent ban on fresh produce) to sharp comments on political corruption, Al-Omeisy’s Twitter feed is a candid insight into life in the war-torn country, which is now in the grip of another severe outbreak of cholera.

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