Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Aliah, a former child bride shares her tragic story

Courtesy Oxfam

"In Yemen, around a third of girls are married before 18. Aliah, a former child bride, is just one of many. Amal Alariqi, Oxfam's media officer, shares Aliah's empowering story and why child marriage must be stopped.

"I'll never forget the screams of my daughter while she was delivering her baby. She was only 16 years old," recalled Aliah Abdo Mohammed, a 32 year old mother from Western Yemen.

"She was crying and asking me why I forced her to marry. She'd rather die...."" -Oxfam 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Atta'a, a forgotten revolutionary dies

Yemen's 2011 uprising aftermath for its protesters indeed continue to mount. After the unfortunate death of Tamer Rasam due to the uncured illness he got from the torture by the security forces, this time Atta'a Ali Saleh Fatiny is the next victim who was found dead at one of the tents at change square, last Saturday.

Courtesy AlmasdarOnline

Attah was one of the protesters who joined the change square since the beginning of 2011 with simple personal demand; she was carrying a piece of paper that proved that she owned a piece of land in the country, a land that was ripped off from her by powerful officials during ousted president, Saleh's rule. Even though it's been three years since the uprising, Atta'a never received any justice. She was also sick with cancer and was dreaming of having a medical treatment which she never received. It's believed that she had no family and she found that family sense at the change square.

After being found dead, Atta'a was taken to the hospital and she is kept now at the mortuary fridge. Journalist and socialist party's member, Hani Al-Junid is asking for any money donations through his Facebook page to cover her burial expenses. Also, Tamer is still in the mortuary fridge for almost two months because his family couldn't afford the burial expenses.

Courtesy; Hani Al-Junid

All this is a sign of how president Hadi's government has failed in implementing the transitional justice.

Atta'a and Tamer and many others' rights have been violated not only during their lives, but also after their death. At least 1,500 people are injured and in need of medical treatment since the 2011 uprising. The current government has to take responsibility and not let us have other tragedies like those of Atta'a and Tamer's.

And kudos to all the martyrs!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Southern Yemen's Comrades - 1975

South's old blossoming days: Comrades gathered at the Democratic 
Popular Union Party in #Aden, 1975. #Yemen #Marxism 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dealing With Yemen's Internal Displacement Effects

Courtesy MFS/Yemen

"Yemen’s numerous conflicts have consequences that reach far beyond the battlefield. In 2012, violence in Sa’ada and Abyan led to the highest number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen so far, with more than 500,000 Yemenis forced to leave their homes.

The recent outbreak of fighting in Amran turned upwards of 70,000 Yemenis into IDPs. Just two months ago, the conflict in Shabwa forced 20,000 to move. Today more than 321,000 Yemenis qualify as IDPs....." -Nadia Al-Sakkaf

Friday, July 11, 2014

Amran in Photos

As the war is waging in Amran province in Yemen, with the fighting between the Huthies, Islah forces and the government's forces, this is a reminder of how Amran is a beautiful province with its lovely people.

"Amran is exceptionally clean. There is not much rubbish on the street. Very different from other cities." -LLOYD少, 2008.