Appeal for Emergency Support

May 15, 2011

Amel Ahmed                                                         

Raja Althaibani

May 15, 2011


Dear Supporters;

We are appealing to you for emergency support concerning Change Square hospital. We, Raja Althaibani and Amel Ahmed, are two Yemeni-Americans currently based in Yemen who have been here since the start of April covering the current uprisings in Yemen. We are here as photojournalists and stringers for international media such as CNN, MSNBC and Press TV. We also offer assistance and support to Taghyeer “Change”  Square’s makeshift hospital. On May 2, 2011, we visited the hospital staff and took a tour of the vicinity, which was formerly Sana’a University’s mosque.  Dr. Abdulaziz, the head of operations, gave us a tour of the surgical unit, pharmacy and general medicine area.  Based on our observations and the information given to us, the medics are in dire need of particular medical supplies and are short-staffed. Thabet al-Jarady, a member of hospital staff, provided us with a list of needed items at the end of our tour.

As the GCC diplomatic initiative fails to make progress, demonstrators have expressed their frustration and have escalated efforts in drawing international media attention through frequent mass marches and sit-ins. Their marches are met with deadly force and brutal repression, leaving the makeshift hospital overwhelmed with casualties and fatalities. The role of the makeshift hospital is crucial. The chief objective is to stabilize those in critical condition for safe transport to major hospitals. This is quite a challenge since they are understaffed, and lack the equipment and medicine needed to perform with effectiveness and efficiency.

We are reaching out to our contacts in the United States for help in fundraising. Cash assistance is  preferred due to the obvious difficulty of transportation and freedom of movement.  We have attached the contact information of Dr. Abdulaziz and Mr. Al-Jarady. We have also provided a Medical Supplies List of needed items. You can email us for further information and instructions on donation arrangements. Thank you for your continued support.

In Solidarity,

Amel Ahmed

Raja Althaibani


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