A cocktail of anger with frustration and empathy, lost in between a desire for unity and unacknowledged injustice. That is how I feel when it comes to South Yemen wanting separation. With all the mixed feelings and the different political views in my family, this topic always strikes a nerve.
Before the revolution I was sympathetic to the cause, I could not fully comprehend it but none the less I could find it explainable. When the revolution started I had thought the issue would be somewhat addressed. I loved Yemen from my first visit when I was younger; I made sure I travelled to different parts to experience all of Yemen. I had seen people struggling, poverty stricken – I had seen orphans on streets and old ladies begging. Before the revolution I hated the regime and so I could somewhat excuse the North for not caring enough for their people in the south. I had excused because I assumed all tried to do the best with what they had and the regime would suppress any who dared to speak up. As I write this today I find and see no excuse, I am disappointed to say the least. Some might judge me because I am not there on the ground, so would ask who am I to judge? I don’t care if these borders are only there because of the British colonisation – that is not the point. What I see is people who belong and are a part of society made to feel they are second class.
I don’t know what to think anymore, I just don’t. I recall conversations with some of my southern family all whom are supporters’ of the southern separatist movement; and recall the lack of sympathy from even some of my family from Dhamar. I see this disconnection which I cannot fathom, simply because I have this desire for unity but I cannot ignore no more. This revolution was for a better Yemen, the divided disconnection of the people due to the regime should’ve also been challenged. I have so many questions unanswered – I have so many questions but the only one’s I want to ask the youth in the north are simply…Why? Why do you choose to stay silent? Why are you burning every last chance of hope? Why do you free people not speak freely?
I am not in denial – I don’t think this issue could’ve been fully resolved even if the North had spoken up; maybe though it would’ve been a stepping stone. There is nothing worth having that is not worth fighting for – a cliché; none the less applicable to this situation. I want you; whoever you may be reading this to forget borders, resources and just about everything for a second. Imagine not having rights in the city you and your forefathers have been born and lived in for generations. Imagine being suppressed, imagine all the deaths. Then imagine your so called fellow brothers and sister not batting an eye lid. Would you still be willing to accept? If you did so – for how long would you?
Yesterday – 13th of January at least 5 people died and scores injured, going back before that Abyan IDP’s have been suffering for months. There have been plenty of occasions too many to recall which have affected the south – but no uproar from the north, just utter silence.
I don’t know what will become of my country; I have though chosen to speak up from now on. People of South Yemen have rights just as the people of North Yemen do. I hope ordinary Yemenis don’t keep adding insult to injury. The people have done extraordinarily well so far, but I want them to simply see and speak up against any injustice committed against their people.
This post is merely to state the point that North Yemen has chosen to ignore, their silence is complicty. I love and want my country united – but I don’t want it to be at the expense of others.
( Video from Alaa’s blog ) Security Forces attacking peaceful protesters yesterday in Aden: