8 comments on “If divorce is out of the question, how about a trial seperation?

  1. 1. You exceeded my expectations.
    2. This blog entry should be
    — translated in Arabic
    — printed in every Yemeni newspaper
    — broadcasted by all Yemeni Radio and TV stations
    — read out during the next Friday prayer in every mosque (north, south, east, west)
    3. This blog needs long and profound answer. Would be unworthy just say yes! Great work dude!
    4. But all I can say is YES! Great work dude!

  2. “Dala Dala bil Praise” (Lets put this on hold!) What a piece – A bit of History so nicely intertwined with experience, you touched on points further than just opinion (Are you sure you’re not a researcher?! ) I can’t remember the unification (too young) so I can’t compare childhood experiences… This though took me back to an all too familiar scenario: ‘As children we were loved and pampered by both sides. Each claimed as their own. Neither side mixed with the other unless it was absolutely necessary.’ As children a concept we’d learned to accept maybe out of ‘childhood innocence’ I guess.. When in the South be a Southerner, when in the North a Northerner.. Mr Noti – I expected high standards but this was well… WOW!

    • Just saw this LOL! I just tweeted you something but you already answered it here.. My earliest memories was of Aden post civil war.. When they were basically queing up for ages just to get some rice. However I do know a lot more from my parents etc etc. Thank you for the feedback Muna..

      • You’re right about the queueing in Aden. I queued with my cousins at 4am till 8am for tomatoes and eggs whilst on holidays. Neighbours were very close and a lot of borrowing went on between them. Our british passports were used in the “foreigner shop” to buy stuff they couldn’t get otherwise. I’ll tell you what though, they weren’t short of money in the 80s. They had money, there was just nothing to buy.

  3. Carol Anne Grayson: Commented on the “South Yemen Revoloution International” Group on Facebook regarding blog.

    A very interesting, informative and well written blog and gives a good account of the difficult issues facing all Yemenis today paying reference to the historical context. I think its easy to get stuck in one point of view (wherever we are in the world) and brave to consider another’s way of living… and the wider picture…Its good also that the words of someone who is not necessarily a politician or activist are heard and it all adds to the ongoing dialogue on the way forward… Thanks for posting… will share…

  4. Greetings brother,

    This is a beautiful post; I have heard many stories similar to yours; the photos you have attached are also very nice.

    The whole separation and unification of Yemen is very complex; I know a lot of people who are for and against the unification. The tension is still there between both sides; but the revolution and both parties been against the Saleh regime has sort of brought out the unity which is within Yemenis. I talked to a friend of who is from Aden (born and raised in Sanáa, speaks with an Aden accent) he told me that when he takes road trips with his friends from Sanáa sometimes the people in Aden will vandalise the car when they notice the license plate is from Sanáa (sometimes when they notice the accent they will sell them things for a higher price) and this is one of many ways they show their rage against the unification (because they feel they are robbed of their resources).

    Generally an outsider’s (such as myself) perceive Southern Yemenis to be more educated, open-minded, perhaps westernised and well-informed while Northerners are perceived to lack education but are admired for their simplicity; good/kind hearted nature. My friend describes Southerners as wicked, not too ‘well-intentioned’ and Northerners as too simple and kind.

    Either way; the relationship between South & North is a co-dependent one which needs more cooperation and both Yemens need to find a way to co-exist.

    Thanks again for the lovely post.

    Kind Regards,


    • Hello Sarah,

      Thank you for your time commenting on the post. It is amazing that all the way out there in (I think) New Zealand you pretty much nailed the ‘stereo-types’ issue pretty well. I’m not saying they are necessarily true, but yes they do exist along the lines that you have mentioned. For what it is worth, I think that whether they go for independence or not, the South is not going to be passive any longer.

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