Yemen’s small but growing middle class and its fragile Civil Society currently have little to support, stimulate or draw together its activities. Not only is that a liability for Yemen’s societal and cultural development, but it also helps feed a stereotypical image pervasive internationally.
In La Voix du Yémen/ Sawt al-Yemen (“The Voice of Yemen”) we found an almost unparalleled opportunity to listen – genuinely listen – to the spirit and the people of Yemen, from schools, cafes and kitchens, to living rooms, studios and, dare I say it, bedrooms! By listening, we want to provide content based on quality, rather than quantity, because we believe good journalism should give an honest and real vision of what is happening.
We hope that the new version of La Voix du Yémen will be much more than a simple news website. It will also be a virtual diwan, where all sorts of ideas, stories, opinions and news from Yemen, Yemenis in Yemen (North and South) and beyond can be distributed and discussed, downloaded and debated on-line.
Just as the Paris salons, La Voix du Yémen will also be a venue for the origination and the performing of arts pieces (poetry, short films, short stories, etc), and their responsible critiquing. The ultimate aim is to provide Yemenis across the globe, but particularly in Yemen, with the forum, confidence, network, and means of expression to elaborate their views. And to give the outside world a window unveiling the melody of Yemen – civilized in its chaos, optimistic in its adversity, and insanely free in its captivity, be that tribal, political, despotic or from its avaricious close neighbors, Uncle Sam, Neo-colonialism etc.
La Voix du Yémen will try to push societal boundaries in a responsible manner, to provide another version of Yemen’s past, and an alternative path to a brighter future for Yemen and Yemenis.
This is why we also welcome and encourage any contributions in Arabic, English or French, in picture, video, prose or song, etc.
Help us clear the fog surrounding Yemen. Help us make Yemen’s Voice heard.
La Voix du Yémen’s Editorial TeamFrançais
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