Written By: Fares Anam
Article Date: May 7, 2012 - 7:56:47 PM
The Yemeni police revealed in a recent report that cases of suicide were rising across Yemen, saying that over the weekend alone four incidents were registered.
In the Sana’a district of Beit Buss, a ten-year-old girl, Malak, decided to hang herself with a rope as she could not bear anymore poverty and hardship.
In al-Baydha, south of the capital, Hassan, a 12 year-old, chose as well to cut his life short, drawing his inspiration from the Turkish series he was so keen on, hanging himself on the roof of his house.
In al-Odain, a district of the Ibb province, the directorate also said that a 17 year-old boy called Ibrahim shot himself to death, using the Russian handgun his father kept in his shop against looters.
The fourth case of suicide was reported in al-Misrakh, in the southern province of Taiz.
The local council of Taiz said that Abdel-Kawi, 35, drunk a toxic substance.
With poverty and hunger becoming a serious problem in Yemen, officials are now worrying that suicide will become somewhat of a way out for desperate and worn out people, calling on the relevant authorities to set in place some preventive measures.
A police officer explained that women and children were especially at risk as they were the most vulnerable economically.
Last week, a young man named Mabkhout Shaddad, 35, was found hanged on a tree in the yard of his home in the Northern Province of Sa’ada.
The husband and father of five, was a talented writer and the recipient of the President of the Republic novel prize. According to family members, he had accumulated so many debts over the past year that he had become depressed and withdrawn.
Madkhout was until 2009 a media-assistant for the Red Cross.
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