After walking 10 hours carrying the dead body, Hadi Juma’aan needed to rest. Far from where his car had failed in the mountains between the northern Yemeni provinces of Amran and al-Jawf, without mobile phone service, Juma’aan closed his eyes and waited for morning to come.
A few hours later, before sunrise, he awoke in a panic.
“A dog came wanting to eat the corpse,” he recalls. “I thought the dead had risen. I was terrified.”
But once he came to his senses, Juma’aan carried on. After all, bringing the bodies of dead fighters home to their families is his job.
Nadwa Al-Dawsari is the Country Director of the Yemen Program at the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC).