* A British author Helen Lackner who lived in North and South Yemen wrote a book entitled "Yemen in Crisis: Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State". The book was written in English in 336 pages and was published by AlSqi in 2017.
"Yemen is in the grip of its most severe crisis in years. The struggle for power in the Arab world's poorest but strategically vital nation has serious implications for the region and beyond. In this invaluable analysis, Helen Lackner uncovers the social and political conflicts that threaten the very survival of the state and its people. 'A superb book written by an outstanding author whose knowledge of Yemen is unparalleled, an indispensable guide.' Dr Noel Brehony CMG, former Chairman British-Yemeni Society; 'An outstanding book that provides answers to all of the questions raised by Yemen's many crises since 2011. Written with compassion and insight.' Eugene Rogan, University of Oxford; 'An eminently valuable account of Yemen's modern history and current travails.' Roger Owen, Harvard University."
Dr. Khalid Luqman wrote a commentary about the book in Arabic.
"One of the few books that seriously have tried to say all about Yemen's north and south. It is rich in numbers, covered a lot, from local cooperatives in the north in the seventies and eighties to Social privileges in the south and the almost complete absence of corruption and the disastrous water and agricultural scandal.
It fails to talk about doctrinal backgrounds Zaidi / Shafi’i and ethnic (Hashemite - Qahtaniyah) that was a major driver of the conflict in the north (the plateau - the regions Al-Wusta Tihama), and for the attacks/demands on the south by the Imam in the north.
It also failed to understand the causes of post 1994 southern identity and a large part of it was a reaction to Northern quotes such as: the south is a branch returned to the origin and there is no south and no Southern issue. The south is remnants of Indians, Somalian, etc. The author failed to realize that identity is politically and socially defined as (feeling).
The book was published at the beginning of the establishment of the Southern Transitional Council. For this, perhaps the author did not have the time to discuss the fragmentation of the Southern Movement.
The book is worth reading, whether by a Yemeni or a foreign reader."
* Dr. Qais Ghanem wrote in his FaceBook page that, "Let us remember that this scenario has happened in almost a century as a result of immigration to European countries, especially in Britain and France because of the size of the British and French empire. But it also happened to humans who moved from Africa and Asia to Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. And if there was a Russian or Chinese empire, the same would happen.
The third generation off springs, the generation of grandchildren, merger is almost complete, because the influence of the original immigrant, i.e. grandpa and grandmother, is decreasing and then fading with their death. Religion factor certainly plays an important role at first, such as Islam, Hindu or Buddhism. I say at first, because all these religions are constantly losing influence, to the flood of globalization, the spread of science among people, mating between races, internet, television, newspapers etc.
Indeed, this has happened and happens to the Yemeni community - for example - in Britain where Yemeni gatherings are located in many major cities such as London, Cardiff, Bermingham and Sheffield. And it's starting to happen in America, Australia and Canada.
In America, I know a number of my fellow doctors who went there for postgraduate studies and I know that their grandchildren will have nothing to do with Aden, Yemen, the Prophet, Ramadan or the holy days! I know Dr. Al-Adhl, the son of Haji Abdo Hussein Al-Adhl, the owner of the pharmacy and the best friend of uncle Ali Luqman. Then the eye surgeon Dr. Zuhair Shihab my cousin And this reminds me of my cousin Ghanem Abdo Ghanem who was based in Los Angeles. We promise to visit each other every time but life conditions prevent us from doing so. My cousin Dr. Wijdan Ali Luqman, who was an endocrine specialist in U.S. Army Hospitals. I visited him in his city and Ward and he returned the visit to Canada where he was able to visit his uncle Majid Mohamed Omar Girgrah here in Ottawa. His three siblings and mother followed him to Sacramento. There is also his daughter Widdad who settled in with her husband near Detroit, which attracted a large number of Yemenis to work in car factories there. And I was able to talk to her on the phone only once. In the same area, my colleague at Aden College, Tahir Fakira, who visited me at my home in Michigan University when I was studying there in 1973. Coincidentally I was in an online chat with the widow of Suleiman brother of Taher, who in turn immigrated to Australia.
There are many others we don't know, but of course I know more Yemenis here in Canada's capital, even if superficial.
The relationship may be getting closer because of the medical lectures program I will run for the community every month soon after the end of Ramadan, together with the president of the community Ghassan Abdulmajyd Luqman, who is the cousin of my mother's the daughter of journalist lawyer Mohamed Ali Luqman!
Another Mohamed Khaled Luqman's son lives in Toronto, Canada and I heard from an unreliable source that one of the wives of the late uncle Shawky Luqman found her way to Toronto may be with a child or children.
I want to hear from readers of any additions, corrections or documentation of what I mentioned above. I also want to pay tribute to the role of the first immigrants from Yemen that I know. In my opinion, the first promise immigration to the capital of Canada was the great engineer Majid Mohamed Omar Girgrah, the brother of the well known journalist Abdul Rahman who was the owner of the Alyaqda and Al Nahda newspapers. I heard a rumor that a person named Jabr, also from Aden, would have immigrated to Windsor, Ontario.
I think Majid came in 1967 with his British wife.
Today, they are buried on a known street in Ottawa city and I have visited the tombs more than once.
After that, arrived into Kingston, nurse Abdulkarim Ali Abdo, one of the sons of Sheikh Othman, with his Irish wife, who welcomed me very much when I came to Canada in 1970. He has two daughters and one son who I did not know. But his oldest daughter won her national swimming competitions and then became a cop. The youngest girl founded and managed more than one restaurant in Toronto, the grand city of Canada. Abdul Karim was followed by his brother Hassan Ali Abdo and his family. And I had known him several years ago. Then his brother Mahmoud and his family but Mahmoud died at an early age.
The classmate in Aden, Shah, who shares the civil engineering career, came after his Finnish wife and I remain in close contact with them.
Then arrived into Kingston my best friend today, Ashraf Othman Girgrah the famous anchor, with his Irish wife, followed by his brother and mother, then his cousin Mohamed Abdulqader Girgrah and his brother Maher.
Mohamed was my colleague at Aden College and in class for four years where we were in a strong competition about who wins the highest marks in the math exam! Mohamed died a few months ago but one of his daughters is today an Assistant Dean at McMaster University in Hamilton near Niagara Falls. Mohamed has another daughter married to an American man, right there in America.
The fact is that I have been in close contact with Ashraf Girgrah since he was working in the media service at Hamad Hospital in Doha, Qatar, where I was a neurologist and developed the epidegram science of Epilepsy in Qatar. But our friendship is older than that and goes back to adolescence days in Aden, where we always played volleyball at the entrance Huqat Bay. Outstanding players of the game was in those beautiful days was hafiz Luqman because of his muscles and Ahmad Abdul Qader Girgrah because of his height!
If we asked the descendants of everyone I mentioned here, we would find that their knowledge of Yemen, history, traditions and language of its family would either be shallow or nil, as I explained earlier.
I seem to be too long, but this is what happens in old age, when memories are chasing! At the same time, I welcome any additions or corrections to what has been recorded here."
* "Intimate partner violence during Covid19 and Islam" is the title of a study paper by Dr. Mohammed Ali AlBar and Hassan Chamsi Pasha. The paper was published in the British Medical Journal in May 2020.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major public health problem across the world, and is more commonly referred to as domestic violence. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines IPV as "any behavior within an intimate relationship that causes physical, psychological or sexual harm to those in the relationship".
“Globally, 30% of women experience some form of physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. It is typically experienced by women but can also be experienced by men. (1) Globally, IPV is the leading cause of homicide death for women. There is also a growing evidence suggesting that IPV might increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. (2) During the quarantine due to the COVID-19, homes might have become a dangerous place for victims of IPV, since they are required to stay the whole day with partners and away from people who can validate their experiences and give help. (3)
Intimate partner violence is considered to be also a problem in Muslim-majority cultures."
Read the paper here.
* Alumnus Farooq Murshed sent us a presentation in Arabic written by Dr. Aous Nazeeh Bin Shamlan, a senior medical office in the Aden Refinery Hospital. Dr. Bin Shamlan presentation on covid 19 covered a complete information on the virus.
Read about the Covid19 here.