Bashayer Ali

Bashayer is a Social Media Manager at the Romooz Foundation in Sana’a, Yemen. Here they promote Yemeni art and culture as a means for conflict resolution, peace building and social development. We asked her a few questions about her story and what being Yemeni means to her.

What part of Yemen are you from?

I am from Ibb, it’s also named The Green Ibb because of it’s mesmerizing green scenery.

 

Where do you live now?

I just moved to Sana’a this year, but I’ve been living between Yemen and Saudi for the past 7 years.

 

And what do you do?

I work as a Projects Associate and Social Media Manager at Sana’a based Romooz Foundation.

 

How has the conflict affected you and your loved ones?

It brought us apart, because I had to flee Yemen at the time. I returned back to Yemen after 9 months, but the war continued and is still continuing up to this moment. If it wasn’t a physical war on Yemen, it’s now a psychological one that affected each soul living on this land. And unfortunately, the effects of war on the city and buildings are still there.

What makes you proud to be from Yemen?
Yemeni people are resilient, through thick and thin, we’re always here for each other and we’re full of life. It makes me proud to be one of them, regardless of what we’ve been through, we continue to live.

What would you tell people who don’t know anything about Yemen?
Yemen stretches back over to 3000 years, it’s full of culture and beauty that still remains in the architecture of our towns and villages. Yemen has a rich and diverse cuisine that is full of taste and life. People here are down to earth, most hospitable, and they’d do anything to help a friend or even a stranger in need.

How do you feel about the world’s response to the crisis in Yemen?
There has been a lot of humanitarian aid wether by local or international efforts. And as much as humanitarian issues matter but so is spreading awareness about what’s happening inside the country. People have to educate themselves and learn more about the world around them.

What is the situation in Yemen like at the moment?
Things has become more peaceful nowadays, airstrikes do happen every now and then. And as heartbreaking as this sounds, sometimes I feel people has got used to it. But nevertheless, every airstrike makes our heart ache because of the fear of losing more people and more of our city to this hideous war.