34 Backpacks – An Ongoing Commemoration of Yemeni Children Killed on August 9

Felton Davis, who coordinates a weekly vigil in NYC calling for an end to the U.S. war against Yemen, sent us a letter written by Yemen’s Minister of Education which names the students and teachers who were killed when a Saudi warplane fired a 500 lb. bomb, made in the US, at their school bus. We feel relieved to know that ten children whom we believed had died are actually alive. The number of children killed was 34, not 44. Four of their teachers were killed along with 12 passers-by. 78 people were wounded, including 55 students. Our hearts also go out to the first responders, EMT workers and hospital staff whose courageous efforts to save and heal people also involved trying to determine the number of dead.

We encourage people to continue commemorating those who died in the April 9, 2018 attack. In Chicago, Voices and other peace groups gathered in the Federal Building Plaza where we set up blue backpacks to commemorate each child who had been killed. (UNICEF had issued blue backpacks to the children before they went on their outing).

Please let us know if you would like to set up a similar vigil in your area. We can equip people with placards describing the attack and naming each victim; we can also supply photos, sample fliers, press releases and information about setting up backpacks. Contact Voices at 773-878-3815 or write info@vcnv.org.

You can also find more information, with photos and videos, at hashtag #44backpacks.

Here are the names of those killed and injured in the August 9 attack:

  • Mohammad Yahya Yahya Faya, killed
    11 years old
  • Zakaria Abdel Wahab Ali Faya, killed
    10 years old
  • Ali Mohammed Hassan Da’i, killed
    10 years old
  • Yousef Hussein Hussein Tayeb, killed
    15 years old
  • Ahmed Zaid Hussein Tayeb, killed
    12 years old
  • Ali Zaid Hussein Tayeb, killed
    9 years old
  • Osama Zeid Ali Al-Hamran, killed
    13 years old
  • Ali Zaid Ali Al-Hamran, killed
    15 years old
  • Ali Abdul Rahim Ali Hashem, killed
    9 years old
  • Akab Mohamed Hassan al-Abbadi, killed
    12 years old
  • Turki Mohamed Hassan Abadi, killed
    10 years old
  • Yousef Abdul Aziz Al-Dahdawi, killed
    13 years old
  • Younis Abdul Aziz Al-Dahdawi, killed
    11 years old
  • Yousef Abdullah Saleh Al-Hatafi, killed
    10 years old
  • Abdullah Hussein Faisal Hajj, killed
    12 years old
  • Hamid Mohammed Ayda Hadi, killed
    10 years old
  • Yousef Hassan Mohammed Al-Dhib, killed
    9 years old
  • Abdul Malik Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al-Dhib, killed
    12 years old
  • Amjad Abdul Rahman Abdullah Al-Deeb, killed
    10 years old
  • Mohamed Abdulsalam Abdullah Al-Dehayani, killed
    12 years old
  • Abd al-Ilah Abdullah Hussein al-Razahi, killed
    11 years old
  • Mohamed Abdel-Ilah Mohamed El-Hakim, killed
    9 years old
  • Mohammed Abdullah Yahya Velita, killed
    12 years old
  • Hassan Abdul Karim Ahmad Al Hadi, killed
    10 years old
  • Ahmed Abdel Hakim Ali Amer, killed
    11 years old
  • Mohamed Abdel Salam Hassan Houria, killed
    9 years old
  • Yahia Mahdi Ezz El Din Houria, killed
    12 years old
  • Hussein Mohammed Ahsan al-Ajri, killed
    15 years old
  • Abdullah Abdulsalam Abdullah Taraf, killed
    12 years old
  • Mohammad…

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