​​Fragments of War

Bushra Al-Maqtari And Hope For Yemen

by Laura Kasinof

A burnt and torn fragment of purple and blue textile

“But what makes my story special?” So asks a mother whose three children were killed by indiscriminate shelling. “It’s the same for the many thousands of women who have lost their children to war. In every house in this city there’s a story.”

This could be Gaza, Sudan, Ukraine. But it is a woman named Sumaiyya Ahmad Saeed, in Taiz, Yemen. Houthi rebels were responsible for the shelling, she tells Yemeni journalist Bushra al-Maqtari, who collected Saeed’s story in What Have You Left Behind?, an oral history of the war in Yemen.

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