Citizens offer their organs for sale to buy food

Citizens offer their organs for sale to buy food

 Alsahwa Net- Ammar Al-Ansi, a man from Sana’a who got married one year ago, has decided to offer his right kidney for sale to buy food for him and his family to sustain for two months.

Devaluation of the local currency to the foreign exchange and continuation of the ongoing five-year war which was caused by the Houthis’ coup, have left Al-Ansi to just be waiting for a customer to take his right kidney and to use the money to save his family from starvation.

 “I’m the sole breadwinner to my wife, my child, and my mother. My mother suffers from a heart disease and she is need for medicine with total value of $2,600. Therefore, I’m totally convinced to sell my right kidney and waiting impatiently for the buyer,” said Al-Ansi in a conversation with Alsahwa Net.

He indicated that landlord of his apartment has exempted him from paying the rent until living standards change.

“I do not smoke and my kidney is good,” he said.

The bad living standards have made some Yemenis to think for selling their organs to pay their debts amidst recession that made several firms to shut down.

Human rights reports say that citizens in Yemen particularly in Sana’a resort to trade one of the kidneys as a solution to cover their basic needs.

 Those reports cited advertisements of human organs on the social media networks by some citizens as evidence on the existence of the phenomenon.

Rafeef, a female human rights activist said in a conversation with the Alsahwa Net that she remembers that some time ago, one woman asked her to run a short post for her on Twitter and Facebook to advertise her interest on selling one of her kidneys to spend money on her family’s expenses.

She said that she saw similar cases during the past two years despite serious health and legal consequences to the organs trade.

“But, they do not care anymore to consequences as opportunities ran out,” she said.

Over 2,700 cases of human organs sales were reported between 2014 to 2018 and majority of those cases took place in Sana’a alone, according to Fayz Al-Salmi, a human rights activist.

 However, this figure needs more investigation as the real number is much bigger because sales operations are handled confidentially, Al-Salmi noted.

A security source in Sana’a said that the Houthis militia encourages the trade in human organs and some senior Houthis leaders manage organized networks on the organ trade.

 “I can say that they [Houthis officials] generate good money out of the organ trade and that is why they [the Houthis] create policies that aggravate hunger and worsen living standards,” the source said.

 “It is true that they do not tell the person directly: go and sell your kidney, but they cut all economic opportunities until the person finds no way but to sell his organ,” he said.

“Even when anyone takes such step, he or she receives little amount and large parts of the cash goes to the Houthis leaders who run the organ business,” he added.

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