EXCLUSIVE: Letters of War – Yemen youth speaks out against al-Saud

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SHAFAQNA – As the world community still looks the other way, consciously oblivious of the rivers of blood Saudi Arabia has made flow in this poorest nation of Southern Arabia, Yemenis have held on to their rights: their rights to be, their rights to choose, their right to manifest a future of their making.

As bombs are once more raining from the skies, as thunder and dread have become as palpable as the pummels of smoke rising across Yemen cities, it is the voice of Yemen youth which has now risen in denunciation of Terror.

The following is a compilation of several letters young Yemenis: boys and girls, have chosen to pass on to Shafaqna. To protect their families from any potential reprisals Shafaqna has agreed to keep the identity of each contributor anonymous. Each letter is addressed to Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi, al-Saud Royals and those Yemeni officials in Riyadh.

“Since our words so far did not reach you, we pray today that you will heed Yemen’s cries, and remember how powerful the prayers of the oppressed are,” Yemen youth.

Ali –

“I turned 16 today! I don’t feel like a 16-year old though … I feel old and wary, I feel eroded and broken down to my very core. Today I heard my father cry … I heard my father and my mother cry bitter tears of shame as some of our countrymen have called for further actions against Yemen. Oh how I would like to tell them of my anger, and my hate for their cowardice, and their treachery.

How I would like to tell them about the blood they have spilled, and the lives they have claimed as they sit safely away from the battlefield. Shame will follow you beyond your grave! Shame will be your burden to bear and we shall never forgive you for the offenses you committed against our Yemen.

Yemen is not yours anymore! Yemen is ours and you are no longer of us. You, who sit in al-Saud palaces, tucked away beyond your walls, can you hear the sound of your betrayal as it falls on our heads and kills our loved ones!

Your shame will be your burial ground, and your headstone. Your name we will not pronounce … your face we will cast from our memories, and your deeds you will answer to in full.

Didn’t you hear the warnings of your Lord when He said: “Fear the prayers of the oppressed!”

Waffa –

“Your bombs have already killed my brother, my uncle, and my father … your bombs could kill me still. But then again little is left of me … My real life is not here. My real life stopped when al-Saud declared war on my people in March 2015. My real life is waiting for me at the end of this long night you call war.

It is not just any war … it is a war against my people, my land, my faith, my soul, and my home. Everything I am you declared war to.

Everything we are you want to disappear … WHY?!  We want peace” We want peace and we want dignity. We want peace, and we want dignity, and you have robbed us of all of it!

My country has burnt for over a year and you have said nothing.

My country has starved for over a year and you have done nothing.

My country has cried freedom for over a year and you have called us liars.

YOU are the liar! You are the criminal! You … all of you, all of you who have watched us die, and cry for our dead. All of you, who have whispered your support but left us to fend in the dark alone.

Didn’t you hear the warnings of your Lord when He said: “Fear the prayers of the oppressed!”

Adham

“You have brought death and misery to our land, and still it is us you call impostors. You have murder, butcher and violated the land which gave you your name, and still it is us you call the rebels.

Hear us when we say Yemen is our mother and our father. Hear us when we say, we are Yemen sons and daughters!

Hear us when we say our allegiance remains as it was given. It remains as it was in the first day and nothing will ever make us renege!

Hear us when we say to you: “Traitor, Usurper, Liar!”

Hear us when we say to you: “Fear the prayers of the oppressed!”

Hear us, for our anger is coming to you!

Can you not hear the thunder? Can you not hear the anger rising? Can you not hear Yemen’s awakening? It is the voices of the oppressed calling for justice … it is maybe the last sound you will hear.

More letters will be released soon.

 

 

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