A Fine Balance
In 2011, along with many other countries of the Arab world, Yemen started a revolution. Thousands of people from all walks of life and corners of society took to the streets to demand Ali Abdullah Saleh step down from his presidency. The scale of the protests were unprecedented - tribesmen laid down their weapons to join university youth in the Change Square, and women spoke alongside men to demand their dignity.
After Saleh left, Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi took power after a one-man election and transition organized by the Gulf Cooperation Council. The transition process did not go smoothly, and Yemen drifted further from the goals of the revolution. Yet while sheikhs, politicians, and foreign policy experts planned out the country’s future, Yemeni citizens: men, women, and youth continued to fight for change. Yemen has been plagued by Al Qaeda in the south, tribal conflict in the north, a water crisis, and widespread malnutrition: the country truly lies on a fine balance.
Yet the most important element of Yemen is what many do not see – the strength of the Yemeni people, their deep national pride, ingenuity of the youth, and undying hope for a new Yemen.