1550, Section: Interview
Published on 28 August 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Interview
Nadia Al-Sakkaf, the editor-in-chief of the Yemen Times, interviewed Jeroen Verheul, the former Netherlands ambassador to Yemen, at the Netherland’s embassy in Sana’a.
Verheul, who has been in the country since 2012, arriving in the midst of Yemen’s political transition, shared his experience and fondness for Yemen before embarking on a new journey as Roving Ambassador at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hague.
“I feel very sad to leave Yemen, because both Yemen as a country and its population have touched my heart,” he says.
Talking about his time in Sana’a, Verheul explained his fascination with the rugged terrain and his unending love for hiking in Yemen’s beautiful mountains. Verheul visited Yemen once before, in 2001, where he had the opportunity to sample qat. Like many first-time visitors to the country, he had his share, and the experience was far bitter than he had imagined. He admits that since then, “I’ve not had it again.”
Apart from beautiful landscapes, Verheul has been struck by the friendliness, hospitality, and open attitude of the Yemeni people. He regrets that he was not able to see more of the country and its people, but says he felt restricted due to the security situation. What hurts Verheul most is the plight of the people, due to lack of basic needs such as consistent power, fuel, and water supply.
In an interview with Nadia Al-Sakkaf, Verheul talks about his remorse after seeing the current political uncertainties stall the country’s progress, and emphasizes the imminent need for political and economic stability. He also discusses the Netherlands’ contribution towards a safe water project and his vision for a brighter Yemen.
Published on 22 July 2014 by Dares Al-Badani in Interview
Nouria Ahmed Nagi is the director and founder of the Yemen Education and Relief Organization (YERO), which funds children’s education and supports families in need through donations, micro-loans, and employment opportunities. In late November 2013, Nagi received the Order of the British Empire, making her the first Arab woman recipient. She won the award, according to Queen Elizabeth II’s list, “for services to charitable work transforming the lives of women and children in Yemen.” Nagi tends to shy away from talking about her personal life, saying that she believes actions speak louder than words. In an interview with the Yemen Times, however, Nagi opened up and discussed her life journey and her efforts to generate change in Yemen.
Published on 1 July 2014 by Dares Al-Badani in Interview
Samar Al-Nuzaili, Taiseer Al-Ghorbani and Fatima Al-Muntasir, graduates from the Engineering College at Sana’a University, have spent the last five months working on a project to help visually impaired people navigate their way around campus.
Published on 10 June 2014 by Sara Al-Dubaei in Interview
On March 3, 2013, as a means of curbing illegal immigration, the Civil Status Authority implemented a ban on issuing identity cards to those unable to present legal documents proving their Yemeni nationality.
Published on 27 May 2014 by Dares Al-Badani in Interview
Al-Murtadha Bin Zaid Al-Muhatwari is a prominent religious Zaidi leader and professor at the Law College of Sana'a University. He was born in 1952 in Al-Mahabesha district of Hajja governorate, in the north of Yemen. He studied Arabic grammar and Zaidi ideology in the Grand Mosque of Sana'a. He then went on to establish the Badr Center in Sana’a that teaches linguistics and jurisprudence based on Zaidi ideology.
Published on 15 May 2014 by Ali Saeed in Interview
Consumers have been complaining about Yemen's fuel shortage since April.
The government repeatedly says that it has no intention of removing the fuel subsidy, but the Ministry of Oil says the government cannot afford to pay for fuel imports. Some economists urge the government to lift the subsidy gradually, to be accompanied by a corruption control plan and a clear financial strategy to use fuel subsidy money for monthly cash transfers to poor households.
To get a better understanding of what led to the shortage and the details of the present supply process, the Yemen Times' Ali Saeed met Heba Al-Tairy, director of the Commercial Affairs Unit of the Yemen Petroleum Company [YPC], a state-run company that supplies the country with the oil derivatives that include diesel, benzene (petrol), mazoot (for use in power stations), kerosene and jet fuel.
Published on 13 May 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Interview
On the sidelines of the recent Friends of Yemen meeting held in London on April 29, 2014, Yemeni Minister of Foreign Affairs Abu Bakr al-Qirbi explained why the transitional program designed two years ago failed and what is being done now to rectify this problem and improve Yemen’s economy and security situation.
Published on 8 May 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Interview
Hugh Robertson was appointed as minister of state for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in October 2013. He co-chaired the recent Friends of Yemen meeting on April 29, 2014 in London.
Published on 30 April 2014 by Nasser Al-Saqqaf in Interview
Nasser Ahmed Al-Bahri spent four years as Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguard and fondly remembers his former boss as a “man with a vision.” In an exclusive interview with the Yemen Times, Al-Bahri, also known as Abu Jandal, or the “father of death,” explains his decision to leave Al-Qaeda and discusses his new career as a life coach and motivational speaker and the difficulties he faces because of his past.
Published on 29 April 2014 by Amal Al-Yarisi in Interview
Ali Mohammed Al-Shuaibi, deputy director of the Public Health and Population Ministry's office in Sana'a, speaks to the Yemen Times about the status of the seven hospitals ordered to be shut down and other initiatives of the ministry.