I am a ‘Yemeniya’ meaning a woman from Yemen/Yemeni woman.
In the midst of the current ongoing peaceful revolution in Yemen, aiming at toppling the Saleh regime that has suffocated Yemen for 33 yrs, I am frustrated at the passive and distanced stance of western politicians and western media from the simple Yemeni who has taken to the streets demanding his/her basic human rights. The right to freedom, justice and the pursuit of happiness. Western politicians have clearly bought into the fear mongering image that Saleh has portrayed of Yemen and Yemenis–as “separatists”, “civil war” and “Qaeda” potential projects .
Don’t get me wrong, those Yemenis who have taken to the streets for months now are in no way looking to the west for approval or validation for their freedom movement. Neither do I. Rather in the spirit of building bridges between us, the future of a Saleh-free-Yemen, and the west we welcome you to educate yourselves of who we really are, and how we think. I am but one of the many Yemeni voices crying at the top of their lungs: “We are asking for the stepping down of the dictator Saleh and his corrupt regime.”
Hence, the birth of this blog.