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Noon Arabia writes on the anniversary of Yemen's revolution - marked by a young man setting himself on fire in protest at the treatment of injured revolutionaries

Days before the second anniversary of Yemen's revolution, Munif Al-Zubairy set himself on fire in capital city Sanaa, to show solidarity with the country's striking injured revolutionaries.

Atiaf Al Wazir tweeted:

Blogger Afrah Nasser posted blogpost about him in which she wrote:

Striking injured revolutionaries

The protesters injured during the revolution have yet to receive adequate treatment or care from the government. Following the death of Taha Mohammed Al-Ariqi, who was hurt during the revolution, a group of injured revolutionaries staged a sit-in protest (some even went on hunger strike) in front of the Cabinet office, demanding the government to provide them with financial aid to get treated abroad.


Yemen Updates tweeted:

Journalist Aron Baron added:

Remembering the Revolution

Yemenis are commemorating the second anniversary of February 11, 2011 – the day their revolution began.

Mohammed Al-Asaadi tweeted from Taiz where the revolution began:

A design commemorating February 11th, the beginning of Yemen's peaceful youth revolution

Yemen is known to be the second most armed nation in the world (after the U.S), yet Yemenis impressed the world with their peaceful marches. Men and women flooded the squares of Change and Freedom every Friday across 21 provinces, for over a year.

Two years have passed since Yemenis went to the streets “demanding, dignity, freedom and a life worth living”, as the SupportYemen team echoed in this video:

Yet looking back at what has been achieved many feel a bitter disappointment. Living conditions in Yemen have not improved, and according to some, have even deteriorated further. The country continues to suffer from electricity cuts and water shortages.

The military has not been properly reconstructed yet, although some decrees have been passed by President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, nor has the suffering economy improved. Much needed development and relief pledged funds are still awaiting the “Friends of Yemen” conference in March, hosted by the UK. Also set for March is the ever elusive National Dialogue, which is supposed to deal with political divisions and bitter grievances that threaten the country's unity and draft the new constitution preparing for the 2014 presidential election. President Hadi chose March 18th to be the launch date of the conference – a date that some Yemeni found to be very distasteful since it marks the second anniversary of the “Friday of Dignity” Massacre in which 52 people were killed by the regime forces.

Osamah Fakih tweeted:

Summer Nasser added:

Journalist Adam Baron tweeted:

Even Yemeni student studying abroad are suffering from the corruption that the recent government inherited from the old regime which the revolution “supposedly” overthrew. Students in Algeria, Germany, Egypt, Sudan, Malaysia and Russia are struggling with financial difficulties and mis-treatment from the educational sector in the embassies abroad. They have been staging sit-ins in their respective embassies and so have their supporters in Yemen staging sit-ins in front of the ministry of Higher Education, the ministry of Finance and the ministry of Foreign Affairs who have been blaming each other for the responsibility behind their hardship. This video was uploaded on Youtube by VSJ Germany with messages od students in Germany recounting their problems and asking the government to solve them as soon as possible:

Mohammed Al-Asaadi tweeted:

Rooj Alwazir tweeted:

Afrah Nasser tweeted:

Ataif Alwazir wrote a blog post: “Revolution 1.0 has ended & Revolution 2.0 has begun”
She wrote:

With the signing of the GCC deal, it seems that everyone (regime and opposition parties) had a piece of the cake, except the independent youth who started the revolution with big aspirations for change and dreams of building a new Yemen.
A video of a Yemeni rap song commemorating the revolution's martyrs was uploaded on youtube by sakhr galeb and was shared widely on Facebook and Twitter.

Despite the many disappointments, grievances, international interference, setbacks and unaccomplished goals, history has taught us that revolutions do not succeed overnight. A lot of commitment, effort, faith, hope, patience and above all time is needed for any concrete change to happen or for any desired results to occur. The fact remains that today is February 11th, the day written in history as the date in which Yemen's revolution started… and seemingly it will continue for a long time.

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