Experiencing Yemen Through Twitter

Over the last ten weeks, I have had to complete a “twitter assignment” over the course of each week. This assignment involved tweeting or retweeting a minimum of five times and then providing a personal analysis of my tweets at the end of the week. The topics that one could have chosen for their tweets had only the restriction of being related to Yemen or the Greater Islamic World. For my fifty tweets, I chose to restrict myself to the nation of Yemen and discussion of the conflict that has been going on for the last two years. Many of my tweets revolved around US involvement in the situation as well as the impact that the war is having on the civilians of Yemen who want nothing to do with the fighting. At the end of the ten weeks of tweeting, we are then required to look back on each week and provide a new analysis that states any change to our thoughts of the designated week after some time has passed. Below is an example of what one of these assignments looks like along with my post-assignment analysis.

Twitter Assignment 3/4/2017 – 3/10/2017

TweetS & ReTweets

  1. Something beautiful in #Yemen while destruction rains down across the nation. (Retweet @SnapYourWorld: Dragon’s Blood Tree #Yemen – via @NatGeo on.natgeo.com/2mpJkEt )
  2. Although I can see that the Saudis want to have a limit on this conflict, many civilians of #Yemen never asked for it or its repercussions. (Retweet @YemenPostNews: WAR CRIME: 66,000 civilians in #Yemen need medical help abroad but can’t travel as Saudi imposes closure of Sanaa airport. #EndYemenWar)
  3. Sen. Rubio discussing the conflict in #Yemen and what the United States goals are regarding ending the conflict. https://youtu.be/FZQEP2gb7DU
  4. Retweet @withego: Trump’s Administration resuming Saudi Arabia weapons sale, while being criticized as endangering civilians in #Yemen. https://t.co/Nv7EQ0FJBz
  5. Retweet @RelanoMeritxell: Alert #Yemen: it is now 38 schools closed in Mokha and 13,000 children out of school! This must stop! (re to @RelanoMeritxell: Shocked to know that 28 schools in Mokha port town are inaccessible due to the fighting, depriving over 10,000 children of education. #Yemen)

Tweet Analysis:

Most of my tweets this week followed the trend of focusing on the impact that the conflict in Yemen has on civilians. Much of the commentary of these tweets is centered around how the  conflict in Yemen is endangering the lives of children. By resuming the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, the trump administration has extended the duration of the fighting that has already killed many civilians and destroyed the lives of those still in the country. Although establishing democracy is important, fighting a proxy war against Iran looks to be traveling down a similar path to Vietnam where the US will just have to drop out of support or physically enter the conflict.

This seemingly constant fighting and bombing across Yemen has left thousands of children without access to an education. With this lack of education for so many children, the society of Yemen will be forever impacted in a way that only immediate increased reform could possibly fix. Along with the deprivation of education, medical care is also suffering. The fighting has both limited any medical care available within the country and almost completely cut off any potential for Yemeni people to receive care outside of the country. Due to this, the lifespan of the entire population is starting to drop.

Post-Assignment Analysis:

Now a month after I first tweeted about these issues in Yemen, it is easy to see how basic my analysis of the situation was. I still completely disagree with any of the involvement that the United States has had with the conflict in Yemen. However, I would no longer go through with the declaration that this involvement is anything like a proxy war with Iran. American support of the Saudi military in Yemen is simply a hands-off method of continuing to fight the war on terror so that the loss of American lives can be reduced to the absolute minimum. The issue with this approach, is that we are just giving weapons to Saudi Arabia and not holding them accountable for the unacceptable number of innocent lives that are being lost. The US and UK bombs being dropped on Yemen are one thing, but the blockading of ports and airfields is causing a major threat to civilians as well. The bombs may be destroying schools, but the limit to incoming food and medicine is causing the greatest damage to the entirety of Yemen. Being a nation that imports a large portion of their food stuffs, any restriction of that inflow is going to immediately cut down on the quality of life for the Yemeni people.

One thought on “Experiencing Yemen Through Twitter

  1. Dylan Blanchard

    There is a lot of conflict throughout the world. I can see that through this post and it’s similar to what I was trying to get across with my own post. Conflict creates struggles for families and most notably children. As you showed, in an area of high conflict children are often the first to be affected. This is similar to the effects conflict have on women as the ones to be effect through conflict can often be the whole family of the children. It’s always important to keep in mind what outcomes acure from your actions.


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