Power Outages in Yemen: The Frustration Continues

It’s that time of year again: summer time. Where the scorching heat keeps people indoors and the sunbeam irritates the skin of those who are outside during noon. It’s that time of year again when the cool air of an air conditioning system becomes ones comfort.

Here’s the Yemeni version of the paragraph above:

It’s that time of year again: summer time. Where the scorching heat keeps people indoors, with a welcoming of more heat and the sunbeam irritates the skin of those who are outside during noon. It’s that time of year again where the hot air coming in from the windows becomes ones aggravation.

Wait for it…wait for it…Power outages.

“It’s torture”, a constant statement said by residents in the southern port city of Aden. Power cuts range from 14-16 hours a day leaving people frustrated and agitated. It took a toll on many peoples lives since the start of the summer because of the heat. Power cuts have also affected the way schools, institutions and hospitals work. In some cases, patients end up dying due to the lack of power. Students end up studying under a candle light.

When the electricity comes back, a sense of relief and happiness comforts a person; leaving a smile on each face. Many people don’t know how that feels. Most of the time, it comes as a bitter sweet feeling. Why? Because they know that the power will go off within an hour or so. And the cycle continues; off and on, off and on. They play around with the power as if it’s a game. It makes a person go insane if done constantly.

Of course when those who are in charge of the power in each district switches it on, it’s very weak. For example, when turning on the air condition, barely any cool air comes out. The fridge also becomes another closet storage in the home. In other words, it feels as if the power is off throughout the whole day.

People in Yemen aren’t really living, and even if they are, they are pretending to do so; pretending to live. People everyday in Yemen have to be reminded that there won’t be great days ahead just by going through the continuous outages. Day to day life isn’t organized due to this serious problem. Many people wake up without proper sleep, feeling tired during the day.

Wouldn’t it bother you if you had no control over something thats essential to live on? It’s almost damaging to the home. Imagine if you know that once you put your head on a nice fluffed up pillow and all of a sudden you’re in complete darkness and within 15 minutes the room starts getting hot and you’re literally sweating your way to comfort–trying to. Wouldn’t that frustrate you? Wouldn’t it upset you? Imagine if you have to go though all that with your kids.

Do these people deserve to live without electricity? Have they not taken enough oppression under a dictatorship rule for over 30 years? In multiple cases, people have lost their jobs and closed down their businesses due to not having electricity throughout the day. They’ve lost hope and really wish to at least have power. It’s really the least thing the government can work on for the people (other than sanitary issues in the country).

It’s sad to know that kids scream from joy and happiness when their rooms are all of a sudden full of light. Life would be so much more pleasant if we just had decent power with a lot less outages.

 

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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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