Yemen: Living under fire

Iftekar, who works with CARE in Yemen, engaging in her job of providing water resources to people in Aden before the airstrikes began.

Iftekar is a Hygiene Promotion specialist for CARE Yemen. Her role includes leading water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities in humanitarian programs in Aden, Abyan , Lahj and Amran and Hajja. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author.

Yemen (CNN)Since the fighting broke out in Yemen on March 25, my husband, five sons and I have been prisoners to our home.

We live in Enma City, 9 miles northwest of Aden, where the majority of the fighting is concentrated. The electricity is on and off -- sometimes for whole days at a time. When there is no electricity, there is also no water, so washing and cooking is a real challenge.
When the fighting first broke out, I was in Sanaa for a workshop. We were told we couldn't return to Aden because the airport was closed and it was too dangerous to travel by bus. I was so worried about my family's safety and was desperate to get back to them. After two excruciating days of waiting in Sanaa, I finally found a bus to take me back to Aden. With most people trying to flee from the violence in Aden, I was one of only three people on the bus and it was one of most terrifying experiences of my life. At each checkpoint we were stopped, and I begged the bus driver not to let the armed soldiers on the bus. I didn't know what might happen and I was so scared. I just kept thinking that I had to get back to my family, and thank God I made it safely.
At the moment, I am working from home as there has been no access to the CARE office which is located in central Aden, in the middle of the worst of the fighting. The store in front of our office was hit in the bombing and all the glass in the windows of our office was broken.
    Here in Enma City, we are staying in a small apartment on the third floor and can only go downstairs to buy a few small items. We can't move outside at all because of the airstrikes and shooting. I feel so isolated, like a prisoner sitting inside all day. The only outside contact I have is with the CARE security officer who I speak with twice a day to let him know we are safe, and a few other work phone calls.