*Aden College website offers its condolences and deep sympathies to the family of Bashraheel for the death of alumnus Hisham Mohamed Ali Bashraheel in Germany. He was 69 years old and worked as the editor-in-chief in Aden of the Arabic daily newspaper Al Ayyam.
*Dr. Adel Aulaqi posted on FaceBook
Aden College Alumni
May God place Hisham in al-gannah, where his spirit belongs.
I knew him from our Aden College days. The last time I visited him was at his office in
Al-Ayyam in Crater in 2007 with our mutual
friend Nageeb Yabli. It was as if the years that seperated us melted away. He was the same man I knew, determined to write and allow his paper publish the expressions of the honest word, mostly at the heavy price of closure of Yemen's al-Ayyam and hugely heavy burden of course on his own health. May God give his family the fortitude to accept his loss to them and to the Yemeni people in general and to Aden.
*Alumnus Abdulla Ali Taher wrote upon hearing the sad news about the demise of Hisham Mohamed Ali Bashraheel.
He was my classmate at Aden College.
We all admired his courage and honestly, as a journalist, in publishing all the facts, about all the corruption, that was taking place, which, of-course, was not welcomed.
His continued fighting, perseverance, persistence and courage, turned him into a hero in the eyes of the public, and made
him receive a hero's funeral & burial in Aden, which he well deserved.
My sincere condolences to his family.
* Alumnus Ashraf Girgrah wrote, ‘‘To me, the late Hisham Mohamed Ali Bashraheel was not only an Aden College school mate. He was a first cousin (the son of my aunt from my father’s side). His wife is a first cousin (from my father’s side) and his son Basha is married to my niece(from my sister’s side). Quite a complicated and strange relationship. But not as daring as the character of Hisham.
I remember him from Aden College school days. He was short and chubby, but
daring and rowdy.
Once, on a trip by bus to Aden College he was ordered to disembark from the bus because of disobedience and defiance. Those two qualities apparently stuck with him as he grew older to challenge the Yemeni establishment in Sana’a.
I was struck by the fact that he later became a successful business man with journalistic ambitions in mind. I met him in the presence of his late father Mohamed Ali Bashraheel (prominent editor-in-chief of Al Ayyam) in Sana’a in 1982. He was then destined to carry the torch of the glories of Al Ayyam, which he achieved in 1990s.
He visited Canada twice and I had the opportunity to meet with him and the rest of his family. He was a kind family man who protected his family and friends around him.
It was not until 2006 that I met with him again with other friends in his qat chewing quarter at Al Ayyam in Crater, Aden. The columnist Nageeb Al Yabli was present. He wanted to do a report on me in Al Ayyam newspaper. I was not ready, but found later that Al Yabli published an article on me under the title of his series of articles ‘From the memory of history’. He found somehow the necessary information to write the article.
The next day, Hisham was generous enough to invite me for lunch in his house.’’