OP-ED

Yemen: Country of Contradictions

In This week’s editorial, I feel I didn’t emphasize the fact that Yemen is a beautiful country with rich resources, great potential and honest people. Between the facts that people commonly know about Yemen and the reality of today’s challenges is a huge debate about the ultimate scenario, where nothing can be identified easily. The old civilization of the good grandfathers by which the rest entire world came to know about the past has been left behind to the ideologies of individualism and self-empire, rather than the nation’s empire.

With the absence of justice and good governance, the upper theory brought the country close to the narrow circle of today’s crises. After 50 years since the Yemeni revolution, the revolution has returned again, this time with international interference and direct guidance form the G10 countries, unfortunately the way they want it, not the way we want it. The gulf initiative was designed for Yemen with a good amount of money to back the failing state from direct collapse. This money is not for rebuilding the country infrastructure nor for helping the commercial sector to expand its business activities. It’s for the operations of the international NGOs which proposed series of promotional campaigns of awareness for how tomorrow should look. It is really a sad tone for Yemen after five decades of revolution, and nothing has been changed much from the past years.

Do people (tribes) in Marib who attack the power cables and blow up the oil pipelines need awareness or development? After five decades of revolution against illiteracy, do the parents in the villages and in major cities need awareness campaigns to send their kids to the school or are they supposed to see examples of well-educated relatives and friends rewarded by taking their chance in the government sector? Do countries like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, or Iraq have many international organizations working for awareness and wasting money like the ones in Yemen? I think not, because awareness only works for the poor and corrupted countries where every operator has a share.

I am not against the working of the international organizations in the country or for building awareness, but I have learned that awareness without real development will not make a country and will never feed the nation. The terrorists and those who join al-Qaeda do so for their ideologies not because they love al-Qaeda. They feel they have lost their opportunities in a country like Yemen where the past killed the future and the violence is the language of the strong players. Most of the youth have no hope for a better tomorrow and they prefer to be immigrants within an ambiguous future.