Tips to Yemenis Abroad

I noticed many people are going to Yemen this summer! Hooray! At the same time, many Yemenis are saying “Yemen is dangerous right now, we are hesitant to go back for vacation.” Boo. I always ask, “What makes you say that?” and they quickly reply saying, “From watching TV (news)”…here we go. Let’s all be clear on something:

1) Do not believe the media people! They tend to over exaggerate on certain events and issues regarding ANYTHING in Yemen or that has to do with Yemen. 

2) If you have any concern ask those who are there now or who recently came back from visiting the country. 

3) If your family back home are saying it’s dangerous, its either because they don’t want you coming or they don’t want to deal with you and your 50 pieces of luggage for the summer. (JUST KIDDING) 

4) Kindly overlook the type of negative issues in Yemen such as Al-Qaeda coming from media outlets in the West. I promise, they aren’t going to come into your homes and steal you away. Example: White sheet (representing Yemen) and there is a little black dot on it (representing AQ) ..thats about it. Nothing dangerous.

5) If you keep on saying its dangerous, you’re scaring people away with baseless exaggerated info from the twisted media. Be sure to exclude this from any of your conversations with your Yemeni friends and family members.

6) Worry about your luggage being overweight rather than being worried about how “dangerous” Yemen is. Trust me, I went 4 times during the revolution, and I recently came back.

7) Bring a camera and video tape the real and non-chaotic, yet “shockingly” peaceful Yemen. It’s worth it! When you come back, show people here how non-violent Yemen is 🙂

8) There is NO war. I cannot  express this enough. Every time someone tells me this I giggle a bit. You are safe, everything is calm.

9) KEEP CALM: Yes, you may see tanks or army soldiers in each city (wherever your destination is) but that doesn’t mean you have to be nervous. It’s just for security.

10) Go out and enjoy yourselves. 

That concludes the tips for Yemeni people abroad. I promise, you won’t regret going and you’ll end up agreeing with everything I wrote. I know we aren’t used to hearing gunshots but that doesn’t mean we should all stop our trips for the next five years and say there is a current war. This post may be great news for you, but just don’t jump off a cliff because of the excitement. Keep calm, remember.


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.

One Response to Tips to Yemenis Abroad

  1. Jamila says:

    Lol nice tips 🙂 a lot of people think this about other Arab countries too… Too much media!

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