SANA’A – Reports of rape being consistently used as a weapon of war by the Saudi-led coalition are popping up all over Yemen, in the wake of Thursday’s rape of a Yemeni woman by a Sudanese mercenary.
On Thursday, a Yemeni civilian and mother of three from Tihama was brutally raped while collecting firewood for her family. The culprit, a Sudanese mercenary in employment of the United Arab Emirates aggressors, was taken into protection his Emirati bosses, who subsequently tried to force the victim to sign an agreement that she would keep quiet about the injustice that had befallen her.
The victim’s family reportedly went to the military camp the culprit resided in to demand his extradition, to which the Emirati commander, Abu Zar’ah Mahrami, responded by trying to bribe them off. When the bribe was categorically rejected, the commanding officer refused any further discussion with the family.
The next day, Mahrami attempted to threaten the woman and her family into submission, warning them to take the bribe or face dire consequences if they were to speak of the rape to anyone else. Insulted and enraged by the injustice done upon them, the victim and her family refused yet again, and published the news of the rape.
News of the terrible crime spread quickly all across Yemen, sparking outrage in millions of Yemenis, many of whom vowed vengeance.
A number of Tihamah tribes have called on the Saudi-led alliance to hand over the criminal, who found refuge in the Abu Musa al-Ash’ari camp in Khokah district, and promised a reward of 10 million riyals for anyone who arrests or kills the mercenary, thus avenging the honour of the victim.
UAE military forces have so far refused to extradite the Sudanese soldier, and some have even threatened the family of the victim. In response, the tribal alliance has promised to retaliate to every soldier or officer who is involved in the cover-up and protection of the rapist. It is expected that, if the rapist is not soon extradited, all members of the Emirati occupying military force in Tihama region could be considered viable targets for retaliatory strikes by the tribe of the victim.
Yemen has a large number of female combatants and revolutionary leaders who are at the forefront of the defence of the revolutionary Republic and its achievements. Thousands of women, many of them armed, have taken to the streets in protest against the use of rape as a weapon by the Saudi-led coalition, and have vowed to strike back with bloody vengeance against those responsible.