Life Within War: A Father's Heartbreaking Dilemma

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Fire and smoke rise after a Saudi-led airstrike hit a site believed to be one of the largest weapons depots on the outskirts of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016.
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"This is life in a war zone. Every day, you wake up to an unpleasant surprise: The death or injury of a friend or a family member. You witness the destruction of your childhood neighborhood, school and the little shop where you once bought candy."

Those words were written by Mohammed al-Asaadi, a father of four living in Sana'a, a rebel stronghold and Yemen's largest city, in an essay for our partners at The New York Times.

As civil war and famine ravages Yemen, al-Assadi, a former journalist now working in communications for UNICEF, describes the burden that war has put on his family. Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear his story.

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