Former detainee speaks about the hellish Houthi prisons

April 5, 2019

A former detainee of the Houthis has spoken about her experience in a Houthi prison. The woman used the pseudonym Um Salma when speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat.

According to the woman, she was arrested in October 2018. Her arrest took place at Tahrir Square which is popular a spot for protestors to gather in Sanaa. She was among those who were demonstrating the critical issue of hunger which has been affecting most of the residents of Saana. This has been the case for Sanaa ever since the Houthis failed to make the salary payments of the employees of the public sector. Sanaa is under the control of the Houthis.

Um Salma stated 15 other women were arrested with her for protesting. She was chanting slogans that were pro-Yemeni along with her daughter when she and other the protestors were arrested. She managed to secure the safety of her daughter before she was taken to a secret prison.
The woman mentioned that no clear justification was given for their arrest. The Houthis have paid no attention to the critical condition to the Yemenis, their hunger or disease. As per human rights sources, over 180 women in Yemeni have been arrested and kidnapped by the Houthis.

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