I haven't had a least doubt about the good intentions of the Gulf people. with a sincere word or a painful photo, you can take all money in the pocket of the donor. It is not surprising that the points of donation are spread in everywhere in the Gulf cities. This does not mean that the Gulf people are more human and charitable than others, but it is the nature of all human beings, added to it that the Gulf people feel a kind of subsistence, comparing with other people and countries living adjacent to them suffering in their living and resources. This is why the charitable work in the Gulf is very powerful and rewarding. This nature was employed to a great extent by the political regime and trends, in a good and right way some times and in another way other times.
A few days ago, we all called, on Twitter, to shed light on the disaster in Yemen. The country is living a real tragedy, features of which have not yet shown up. All what has appeared is the beginning of the tragedy warning of great and many dangers. Our intention was to do an organized work according to mechanisms that achieve the most possible advantage for the targeted people and those who carry out the work. But the obstacles were greater than we expected. One is in need of a legal framework to gather as many people and aids as possible. A source of pride is that I have received to my private mail dozens of people volunteering their time, efforts and money and put everything under the disposal of Yemen. But a person or persons cannot afford to do all this, and the responsibility of such intentions and donations cannot be affordable no matter how sincere the intentions were.
Former Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Mohammed al-Rasheed called for the formation of a civil society for Yemen. With his proposal of the basic need for this call, the minister touched the objective of national-affiliated civil society organizations specialized in various areas, working within a legal framework which allows them to move and work without restriction. Provided that these organizations are not excluded by policy or a party; organizations that gather people with different inclinations and a common interest. These organizations shall form a parallel social forces, easing the burden of depending on the government in many issues, as they also impose the agenda of majority of people in many of the issues concerning them.
As a matter of fairness, one must show the intentions and serious wishes of several people of the region in giving assistance to Yemen. For instance, the Qatari “Al Arab” Newspaper named a representative to go to Yemen and document the situations. Al Watan Newspaper represented by its Editor in Chief supported the idea. Emirati newspapers and journalists have responded in a wonderful way. Intellectuals, propagandists, and activists supported the idea and wrote excessively about it. Despite being busy with the critical issues of their country, writers and propagandists from Kuwait did not neglect the Yemeni issue. In Bahrain also, politically-differing in opinions youths and journalists took part in the campaign and wrote about it. There is no way to ignore the Arab brothers who interacted with the idea and added a lot to it.
Then what after all this? No one knows. But it is an important thing to ring the bell and attract the attention to a real disaster in Yemen. It is not a crisis of hunger and poverty, as some may think, but also a crisis of insecurity and instability. By virtue of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime, Yemen has become a failure country threatened to be collapsed. Then, the stage of instability came along with the Yemeni revolution opening the door for the foreigners. Yemen has become a fertile ground for the foreign forces due to Yemen’s need and instability. All known and unknown international organizations work in Yemen. Political forces receive support from different parties. As has happened with the Houthis, whose issue has turned from an accepted and useful sectarian multiplicity into confrontations and fighting, exploited by the investors.
Difficult days are awaiting for us there. It will not be a matter of providing food and shelter, but a land opened for conflict wasting the wealth and lives and leaving no stability for anyone.
The Qatari Al Arab