Yemeni wounded call for government care

Feb. 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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SANAA, Yemen, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Yemeni protesters wounded in the 2011 revolution are calling for the government to keep its promises to provide them medical care, officials say.

The protesters were still camped in front of the Cabinet office Wednesday the day after one man set himself on fire, the Yemen Times reported Thursday.

Revolutionaries went on a hunger strike following the self-immolation of Muneef al-Zubairi. They criticized Finance Minister Sakhr a-Wajih for his slow response to the protesters' demands.

Al-Zubairi is being treated in a hospital for his burns.

The protesters also accuse al-Wajih of giving money intended for people injured during the revolution to the Wafa Foundation for Caring the Martyrs' Families and Injured.

Shawai al-Maimoni, the head of the foundation, denied his organization has received money from the government, saying Wafa had only provided a list of the families of those killed and seriously wounded during the conflict.

Al-Maimoni was critical of a special government committee recently formed to follow up on the injured, saying the committee hadn't made effective steps toward treatment.

Abdulla al-Majidi, head of the Revolutionary Wounded Organization, said the government had recently sent some of the wounded abroad for treatment but charged they were "extremely selective" about who was sent.

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