Born to be a poet, al-Maqaleh lived as one and never paid heed to anything else. He maintained a simple life, protective of the poet within him, and therefore lived to safeguard himself from the seas of raging words and blind slogans.
Al-Ahdal has published novels and short story collections that tackle social hypocrisy, false religiosity, the situation of women and the disastrous political failure of successive governments in Yemen since unification in 1990.
Mohammed al-Munaifi and I met in one of the neighborhoods in Taiz. The 11-year-old puts his earphones into his small ears and turns up the volume to watch cartoons. He told me that he does this to escape the sound of missiles that the militias have been dropping on Taiz since their takeover of the city and its surroundings.
A country’s cultural, economic and political circumstances play a part in women’s progress. It dictate how conservative or liberal her verbalized thoughts are, and how much of her rights she is able to retain.
In a time when 82 per cent of Yemenis need humanitarian assistance, various initiatives organized by university students in Taiz aim to offer a glimpse of hope for many families who have lost their daily bread.
In contemporary Yemeni literature there is an inclination towards humanist didacticism and education. Humanism as a concept has long been used in the West, and has had different meanings depending on those who have adopted it and the era it was used in.
In the world of the twenty-first century there are those who imagine that they bear only one identity: a pure, eternal and unchangeable one, which faces the threat of annihilation by the ‘enemy other’.