By Hanan Ishaq
It is nerve wrecking to have your entire day revolve around electricity blackouts and the minor trivialities of everyday routines which, for the rest of the world, are details they don’t even think about anymore; fundamental facilities that people have forgotten to remember. We are reminded of them everyday, all day.
As they (the rest of the world) are witnessing their counties excel and spiral upwards in all fields, we are taken decades and decades backwards and shifting back to first gear by learning how to restructure our day around two hours of electricity. We are now forced to worry about our most basic needs even as modern citizens of the world. I can’t imagine what my fridge would look like if I didn’t own an electricity generator!
How many houses and businesses have been shaken to the core? How many billions of riyals has this country lost? How many of our echoing questions have been left unanswered? And how many of us feel failed by our government for not being able to solve this non-ending dilemma?
I have reached a point where the moment I wake up in the morning, I am aggravated and irritated. Then I remember how many others share my situation, and how many more suffer worst conditions than mine… It’s very sad.
We are warriors, us Yemenis. We never despair even when despair has given up on us. We are able to function under any circumstances and maintain our lives despite the impossible. Not only that, but when the electricity comes back on after 10 hours of blackout, I hear my neighbors cheer and applaud! Sometimes I only realize it has come back when I hear their voices. It’s quite funny.
Hanan Ishaq is a Yemeni freelance writer and photographer. She majored in English Literature and worked as an English teacher for two years, and is currently taking time off work to be a full time mother.
The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect La Voix du Yémen’s editorial policy.