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A Long Road for Change in Yemen

 Hakim Almasmari

The road ahead does not look easy for a country that has suffered longer than any in the region over the last five decades.
Yemen’s year long uprising left nearly a million people unemployed.
The country’s worries are enormous and hunger has effected millions of women and children. The UNICEF is not optimistic that Yemen’s hunger crisis would be solved in a couple of years. This is going to be a long ride where people are hoping to see light after the years of darkness they have been through.
Transfer of power was a must to ensure change, and was critical and key for stability.
We have to admit that this would not have been possible if former President Saleh did not accept to step down from power. We all know that Assad would be offered the same immunity deal even after killing 50,000.
No one wants to see the Yemeni ship sink as all will drown.
The international community must utilize the government’s willingness to cooperate. Yemen knows it has problems but the new government has vowed to cooperate with international powers to improve the country’s situation.
The UN and World Bank should focus on helping Yemen build an institutionalized state. Only this can ensure that everyone is equal and that the law is above all.
Yes, Yemen is on the brink of failure, but people are hopeful their desire for a prosperous nation will overcome the obstacles that lay ahead. But Yemen cannot stand on its feet alone. It needs the help of neighboring powers without a dirty hidden agenda behind the support.
With all said, there are a number of bright spots. Democracy and reforms are taking place in a faster pace than any nation in the region. All political factions are expected to join hands and sit on one dialogue table.
At least that is what we hope.
Other options will lead the country into a long term war.





ABOUT Yemen Post Publisher & Chief Editor:

Hakim Almasmari is an American journalist and Middle East expert based in Sana'a, Yemen. His work has appeared for many of the worlds top media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Washington Post, AlJazeera, Fox News, The Guardian, The National, USA Today among numerous others. He has also worked with some of the world’s top organizations. Reporting out of Yemen for nearly eight years, he is the current editor in chief for the Yemen Post. He is a university lecturer in the field of international media and also studied business and law. Considered one of the top experts on Yemen, Almasmari has closely worked with international strategic centers and think tanks helping them better understand Yemen. He is a frequent guest on many international TV outlets discussing current local and international affairs. Almasmari's ancestors are from Yemen, and was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. His mother tongue is English and is fluent in Arabic.

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