Yemen: No Priests Left in the Country

Source: FSSPX News

The city of Sanaa, capital of Yemen.

On November 7, 2017, the United Nations called on Saudi Arabia to put an end to its blockade that is murderous for Yemen, and especially for the several thousand Catholics in the country.

 

The reason behind this human drama is that Yemen has for several years now been the scene of conflict between the Shiite rebel militia supported by Iran and the pro-government Sunni troops assisted by Saudi Arabia.

Bishop Paul Hinder, apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia, described in La Croix the state of disintegration in Yemen, “due to the civil war that since the end of 2014 has caused over 10,000 deaths, half of which are civilian deaths, and also due to international pressure”.

The prelate added: “because of the serious lack of water, electricity and food, famine and cholera are devastating certain parts of the country.” The press agency Fides mentions 14 million people suffering from famine, the UN speaks of 7 million.

Bishop Hinder has difficulty receiving news from the Catholics still there, because he can no longer enter the country: “I cannot expect the local Church or the Swiss ambassador to protect me from a possible kidnapping,” he explained.

Most of the Catholics in Yemen come from other countries and are working for associations or in hospitals. But the majority has already left Yemen, along with all the priests.

Since November 26, after three weeks of a total blockade, international humanitarian aid is allowed to help the people in this totally devastated country.