OP-ED

Yemen: Little Hope for 2015

National Yemen

Fakhri Al-Arashi

The future of 2015 for Yemen is still bleak after the negative results of 2014. With a sad tone, the final outcomes for the year 2014 were very disappointing for the majority of Yemen citizens living in Yemen and outside the country.

The unexpected escalating violence within the country, along with the emergence of Houthi militants as the most powerful group in the country has pushed Yemen to direct collapse with President Hadi’s initial approval and cooperation.

In 2014, a large number of Yemeni soldiers were slaughtered by al-Qeada, and military camps fell to the hands of the Houthis and al-Qeada with no resistance from soldiers. 2014 witnessed the collapse of al-Ahmer, Islah and the General Ali Mohsein empire. In the same year, the Houthis controlled half of the country’s geopolitical map in an excuse for fighting corruption. Half of the international oil companies doing oil business in Yemen for decades have announced their withdrawal, while three international airline companies suspend their flight operations to Sana’a. Yemeni tourism lost the potential to recover its business again and the political Iranian prisoners were freed in a deal made between the President and the Houthis.

More than that, many diplomatic missions were targeted for terrorist attacks and kidnapping attempts. In return, the GCC countries and the international community suspended their financial assistance to Yemen and the UN Security Council issued sanctions on Yemen’s former president Saleh and two al-Houthi militant commanders. American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Korkie were killed in a failed rescue attempt. The battle between al-Qaeda and the Houthis has been clearly announced from silent assassinations into direct clashes, group killing and explosive network techniques which mostly harm unrelated victims in between.

The oil and gas, electricity and telecom infrastructures sectors were an easy target for regular and random sabotages too. Many daily inhumane attacks happen every day in Yemen.

The question is, will the new government would be able to stop this attrition? Or will the inherited violence of 2014 continue in 2015? Many in Yemen and elsewhere hope to receive the New Year with more peace and prosperity, leaving behind their negative memories. With all of this they still hope that the new Prime Minister Khalid Bahah can do something to pull Yemen out of the quagmire of civil war.  Let us put all hands together and forget the past and keep an eye in the future of the new generation, whose future depends on today’s faithful work. Whatever is gone will never come back and whatever will come may be better if we wish and work for it.

 

1 Comment

  • Good luck Yemen. I was in Yemen February 2014 (as a tourist). It were unforgettable few days in a magic country. Wish you best.

    Lukas from Poland