ليس بالخبز وحده يحيا الإنسان

Interprete

Senior Member
French, France
Hello,

I was reading an article about a bread crisis in Yemen, with soaring prices that may lead to social unrest.

The concluding sentence is quite obscure to me:
ارتفاع اسعار الخبز في اليمن لا يزال قائما وفيما يطالب المواطن الحكومة بتحديدها, يبدو أن المسئولين يعتقدون انه ليس بالخبز وحده يحيا الإنسان
Could anyone explain, especially the part in bold? thanks in advance!
 
  • Ghabi

    AL/OL/Ar/Zh mod
    Cantonese
    " ... but it seems that the authorities believes that man don't live by bread alone", that is, people can perhaps survive "spiritually" even without bread, playing with the saying that "man cannot live by bread alone" (Matthew 4:4).
     

    suma

    Senior Member
    USA
    English, USA
    ... it appears that (gov't) authorites think bread is not the sole staple.
    ....think man doesn't live on bread alone.

    To me, yes it sounds a bit sarcastic, and that the apparent indifference from gov't officials stems from the idea that perhaps folks in Yemen ought to switch to an alternate staple if wheat prices rise so much.
     
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