“How Many of Us Should Die for the World to Pay Attention of Us?”

By: Sunday April 10, 2011 1:00 pm

Protests continue in Yemen as earlier hopes of Saleh’s departure have so far come to nothing. Today the Gulf States met and announced their support for replacing Saleh with a transitional government led by his Vice President with opposition involvement but one has to ask if this plan is really representative of opposition demands. Listen carefully to the young woman speaking yesterday in Sanaa at the Silent March to remember those killed by Saleh (sin the video, she addresses us in America directly.)

Sarah Ishaq’s Yemen: A View from the Street

By: Tuesday March 22, 2011 6:06 am

For so many weeks now we’ve been talking about the revolts, the people’s demonstrations – from Tunisia and Egypt to Bahrain, Iraq, Syria and Yemen as well as Libya. Much of the video footage we’ve had has been astonishing, raw rough images taken on cell phones and such, quickly uploaded and sent out to the world so we can witness – a demonstration, a brutal crackdown, a moment of victory. But in all of those videos – often taken at extreme risk to the creator – it’s often hard to really see the faces, the people who are turning the world upside down (or right side up perhaps?) They become the “protesters” or the “activists” or the “rebels” Even with their limitations they are so very important as they do bear witness.

Sarah’s videos do something else, something we can too easily miss. She brings us face to face with the individual people in those immense and wondrous crowds, she introduces us to their eyes and their voices, their children and their sorrow.

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