What Pains the Ordinary Civilian the Most?

There is nothing left for the people in Yemen to enjoy anymore after ten months of escalating violence and 33 years of rule under one president.

With the past 33 years and ten months of protests, civilians have become the direct victims of state and non-state actors who have marginalized both their rights and freedom of speech even within the framework of what should be a democratic country.

Many of the powerful people in Yemen today, no matter how they currently label themselves, pro or anti government, have all been partners at one time in another through Yemen’s countless wars.  Many of these prominent actors have bent the framework of Yemen’s supposed democracy by issuing multiple laws and decrees that only serve their own concept of what is just. Thus they grant themselves the opportunity to overtake Yemen’s resources, income, contracts, donations and jobs at the expense of Yemen’s population.

This fact is appreciated and highly welcomed by President Saleh as all actors on both sides of the anti or pro government aisle have directly contributed to the mess that is now Yemen. Saleh’s enemies are quickly working to oust Saleh before they themselves are questioned about their exploitive activities at the expense of the people on the revolutionary streets of Yemen. Within this selfish dispute, people simply continue accepting obedience for the safety and security of the country.

However, neither Saleh nor his political opponents feel the daily struggle of an ordinary civilian as they attempt to meet the basic needs of human survival. People have now simply lost their hope in a simple standard of living and are forced to accept chronic shortages of gas, oil, electricity, food, and education. But for what? These struggles that every ordinary citizen feels are simply because of the conflicts of yesterday’s partners.  It is ironic that even the current suffering of ordinary civilians, Yemen’s prominent actors still fight in the name of the people.

The future looks bleak for the common civilian, and things have only become worse, even in the past few days. As a result of a 40 day emergency alert, government and opposition forces have only expanded their intrusion into everyday life. Now simply driving through the capital of Sana’a has been over taken with random checkpoints and barriers creating suffocating traffic leaving everyone late for any responsibilities they have left.

Ultimately, of all the annoyances, suffering and pain felt by ordinary civilians, the most painful of all is that they have experienced it all for reasons outside of their control.

We urge all sides to work together to improve the life for all the ordinary citizens and create a better future for Yemen.