My last memory of my country dates back to August 2014 when I paid a short visit with my family. Before then, I had been residing in a Gulf country based on my dad’s work visa since 2010. It was heartbreaking, at that time, to leave my country of birth and say goodbye to my friends. But what was even harder to imagine was the fact that returning to Yemen was impossible. This took years to sink in especially after a long period of denialism (according to psychoanalysis!)
After the Revolution in 2011, which was mainly against the economic conditions and corruption, the situation became less stable after the suppression and killing of innocent protestors by the regime. During my visit in 2014, I witnessed a deeper shortage of water, electricity and gas as well as the absence of security and an increased rate of crime. I was lucky enough to end my visit just weeks before the Fall of Sana’a in the hands of the Houthis. As a result of this takeover, a civil war between the Houthis and pro-government forces broke out. This was followed by a Saudi-led intervention, which claimed to back the pro-government forces and defeat the Houthi rebels.
The outcomes of this war, which continues to this very day, have been described by the UNICEF as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. According to statistics, more than 4 million have been forced to flee from their homes and more than 20 million are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, as 80 percent of the population are below the poverty line. To conclude, I once said on Twitter: