Two months from now and it will be a full year for the ordeal of Abyan province and its honorable people who all of sudden found themselves amid an unprecedented matchless humanitarian situation in all provinces, particularly the residents of the capital Zinjubar.
Two weeks after the speech of the former President on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the founding of the Yemen Republic, in which he said that al-Qaeda could control five provinces if he leaves power, the organization has really controlled Abyan's capital and Ja'ar city, and would have controlled the rest of the towns had it not been to the resistance of their people.
This is at a time when all the army and central security personnel withdrew from the two cities in an justified manner leaving behind a huge amount of modern military equipment to be a booty to al-Qaeda, with the exception of the 25th Mechanical Brigade which stood in a firm steadfastness, carrying out heroic actions, to prove that the army personnel have the ability for steadfastness and sacrifice in the face of terror, if they have the solid combat doctrine and national leadership.
The endurance of this Brigade has unveiled the other divisions which had then withdrawn as rumored due to central orders, to prove the theory of the ability of al-Qaeda in posing real threat to the security and stability of Yemen.
The ordeal that the innocent people face has no justification other than their being victims to the desire of a political regime to stay in power.
God's prudence had disclosed the bad intentions by the steadfastness of the 25th Mechanical Division, when its commander Brigadier Mohammed al-Somali spoke in a famous interview with the London based Middle East newspaper about the conspiracy of withdrawal in which several sides had been involved, including the unjustified withdrawal of military and security forces, in an arrangement for al-Qaeda to control the two cities. It also revealed the failure of the previous southern military leadership to respond to the Relief of the besieged brigade with arms, ammunition and left it to depend in its feeding on the U.S. and Saudi Arabia Air Forces.
This was the ordeal in its military and political sides. Regarding the humanitarian side it is realized in the over hundred thousand displaced persons who live in the public facilities in Aden, suffering health and feeding conditions despite the relief efforts by several local and international sides, which will hardly meet the minimum needs.
The worst of all that is their becoming a prey, because of their plight, to the armed al-Qaeda and southern movements elements which try to drag them to violent trends in return for money and food.
If this is true, it puts the political leadership, the government, Aden and Abyan officials before huge responsibility requiring their fast intervention to prevent such matters that will direct a serious blow to public security and pushes towards further violence and temptation of the innocent people due to their needs, which they wouldn't have accepted if they were living in normal situations.
Like any observer, we know that it is hard for President Hadi and the National Reconciliation Government "RG" to deal with all the remnants of the former regime.
The difficulties increase, making the President unable to deal with the disorders of the governorates, with Abyan in the foremost, while the capital itself is still not under his control, because the army is divided, thousands of the previous regime's thugs are still scaring the people and the security forces are not yet under the control of the Minister of Interior.
The regional and international observers, responsible for the implementation of the GCC initiative and its operational mechanisms, should know that al-Qaeda threat to the country's security and stability will not end as long as the armed and security forces are not unified and do not obey the Interior Minister's orders.
Those observers know very well the requirements for the country's security and stability. As long as there are sides that dispute the elected President's power and disrupt it, all the goals for peaceful change, for which the Yemeni people have offered sacrifices will not be achieved. The goal for which the regional and international communities have exerted extraordinary efforts to spare Yemen the fall into violence and terror quagmire will not be achieved as well.