Yemen: Living with Confusion and Uncertainty

On Friday, June 3rd of 2011, some that call it a Rocket attack, others, a Bomb attack, had been fired at the presidential palace Mosque in Sana’a. This attack reportedly killed seven people, some who were officials, who were with Saleh at the time that this attack took place. On the other hand, Saleh was said to be in ‘good health’ by Al-Janadi, who is Yemen’s deputy information minister. A few hours after the attack, he had made a audio speech to address the public about his beings.

Personally, his voice sounded pretty darn bad! Not in ‘good health’ at all! Later on that day, conflicting reports were said that Saleh would leave to Saudi Arabia for treatment. While this report was confirmed- AlJanadi still insisted that he was not going to Saudi Arabia for treatment. Even when Saleh was in the air, flying towards Riyadh! Isn’t he something?

Good health wasn’t as good as it was really portrayed. A few days pass and reports from many news sites were confirming that Saleh had faced burns that covered up 40% of his body, a shrapnel near his heart, a collapsed lung, bleeding in the skull and also had to undergo cosmetic surgery. Al-Janadi still insisted that he was in good health and will be returning to Yemen shortly, actually in a matter of a few days after ‘simple’ treatments. A note, if Saleh was not seriously injured, he would have never went to Saudi Arabia for treatment. So, I think Al-Janadi doesn’t give out good information and intentionally hides the facts because of fear.

On the 8th of June, celebrations have rocked Yemen’s capitol from rumors of the success of one of god knows how many surgeries Saleh has to undergo. Military sources say, that the ammunition that Saleh thugs had fired into the sky were enough to manage a real war for several months!

Yemen was and still is in stage of confusion and uncertainty to whether they won the fall of the regime, or if Saleh was really coming back to Yemen. As nights pass by, curiosity fills the thoughts of Yemenis. Other thoughts accompany the Yemeni people on who will take power next. What will happen to Yemen in the next few days, even weeks are unknown.


About Summer Nasser
Blogger, with Yemeni roots based in New York City. Student of Sociology (B.A.) with a focus on the country of Yemen. I would consider myself a student of knowledge.

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