ADEN, Yemen- Cattle markets in the main cities of Yemen, are thronged with customers, eager to buy sacrificial animals for Eid al-Adha, the second of the two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide. During the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, starting from Aug 21, Muslims across the world would celebrate by sacrificing a goat or sheep, or cattle, and distributing and eating them together with families and friends.

However, the market prices for some livestock in Yemen this year, have increased sharply, ahead of the four-day Eid al-Adha, or the "Festival of Sacrifice," making it difficult for most people to afford animals for sacrifice.

Many citizens in the southern port city of Aden lost their hope, saying, they could not endure the soaring prices and this Eid al-Adha will be celebrated without sacrificial animals.

A local billy goat, which was priced at 40,000 Yemeni rials (159.8 U.S. dollars) during last year's Eid al-Adha, is now fetching more than 90,000 rials, in a livestock market in Aden.

Bashir Jamal, a citizen living in Aden, said, Eid al-Adha is the only annual occasion that brings his family and relatives together, to taste different types of dishes amid joy and happiness. "Despite the rising prices, I will continue to look for my suitable goat, because Eid al-Adha won't be good without it," Bashir said.

"It looks like I will travel to other neighbouring provinces, like Abyan or other rural areas, where livestock prices are a bit low. Here in Aden everything is high," he said.

Despite the rising prices, all markets in Aden and neighbouring areas were crowded with customers before Eid al-Adha, said Majed Salim, another buyer at the market.


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