“Don’t Bury Me”: Dying Boy’s Words in Yemen War + Video

Thu Oct 22, 2015 15:43:55

“Don’t bury me”: Dying boy’s words bring Yemen’s forgotten war back into focus, Al-Alam News Network reports.

He is just a child. But more than six months of war in his country, Yemen, had taught him the bitter realities of conflict. People die, then they are buried.

"Don't bury me," Fareed says again through tears.

One of the medical staff laughs as he pats the child's small legs to comfort him.

The interaction was filmed this month by Ahmed Basha, a local photographer who recounted the story to CNN.

"I thought he was just injured," Basha says from his home in Taiz, Yemen's third-largest city. "I wasn't even sure I had been recording when he said this. I was more concerned with my still photography."

Days later, Fareed died of wounds to his head. The boy was buried, hurriedly, in a family graveyard.

Four out of every five Yemenis are lacking the most basic things, including water, food, adequate medical care, and shelter, according to OCHA.

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