With all the clashes, the dead, the damage caused & the people fleeing from Sana’a. You would assume my post would be about the latest news, but no. With the media all competing on whom has the latest in regards to this “War” the focus has shifted from the 100+ days peaceful revolution to Al Ahmar, Saleh and the republican guards.
I had a dream, a light of hope that was being brought to life by the youth, as I became closer to Yemen than I had ever been while half way across the world. My family was at times baffled by the long hours spent just reading news, tweeting and trying to find youth activists. As I watched the protests closely I was in awe by the number of people quickly joining the squares. I got goosebumps watching the protesters carrying the flag and singing the Yemeni national anthem. These people were our youth, our future and at that point I cried out of joy, never had I been that proud.
In the course of these 100 days we’ve seen many protesters beaten, injured & killed. The youth though persevered peacefully. Considering Yemen is one of the most armed populations in the world, being peaceful while being provoked in every way is in itself an achievement. 100+ days quickly overshadowed by barely five days of clashes annoyed me immensely. I truly believed that Yemen would free itself from this savage of a dictator without violent clashes, I guess I was wishfully thinking right?
The youth have done what Saleh has failed to do in 33 years. These revolutionists united the people; Houthis and southerners alike. The youth acknowledged there are issues that need to be dealt with, in my opinion, acknowledging is the first step to healing. The road ahead is still a long one and all the issues will not be automatically resolved just by the departure of Saleh – but at least the youth have made a start.
As I come towards the end of my post, I would like to just give you a glimpse of what these revolutionists have done for Yemen. These youth have given us something to be proud of & be known for other than weapons, Qat & Al-Qaida. All of these things which Saleh made sure Yemen was known for. The youth showed they cared for each other regardless of what part you were from, regardless of what tribe you were from and regardless of the different walks of life. All were united, passionate to achieve a better country; all are still united in bringing Saleh down. I feel it necessary to thank the youth; these great revolutionists that have laid down their lives to give us a better country. Thank you for slowly trying to change Yemen, thank you for giving us hope and thank you for making us even more proud of our roots.
So these youth’s voices may have become less prominent due to these clashes, but not less powerful and if any doubts begin to creep up on you – then just watch a demonstration. I guess my point is the focus might have shifted, but the world is still aware of the sacrifices of these youth.
Even though the worst is expected, I am a dreamer because dreams are what got Yemen this far.
– – May all the martyrs rest in peace – –