South and Central Yemen

Most News in Yemen has been written by Saleh and Houthi elite perspective, known as Sanaa Journalism.

South and Central Yemen map

The rest of Yemen has a very different perspective from the Sanaa and Northern North highlanders who raided the agrarian lower highlands and lowlands. South Yemen was separate from North Yemen and united with North Yemen in 1994. North Yemen, ruled by Saleh, burned down the factories, plundered and pillaged their resources, kicked out South Yemenis from government jobs. Ever since South Yemenis want to separate from Sanaa and have a very different perspective.

South Yemen was a British Protectorate and later a socialist country. In 1838, Sultan Muhsin bin Fadl of the nearby state of Lahej ceded 194 km² (75 sq. miles) including Aden to the British. n 19 January 1839, the British East India Company landed Royal Marines at Aden to occupy the territory and stop attacks by pirates against British shipping to India. In 1967 the British began to withdraw and in June 1969, the marxist National Liberation Front created People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen PDRY (wikipedia) It united in 1990 with North Yemen, which was under the occupation of predatory Zawadi elite. In 1994, led by Ali Saleh, the president, the Zawadi elite raided and pillaged South Yemen, burned the factories, and excluded South Yemenis from the civil service and began to assassinate their leaders one by one. South Yemen was a very developed country prior to occupation. South Yemen is culturally divided between South Yemen versus Hadramout. Hadramout is more conservative Sunni in some areas, but an also unique center for Sufi studies and religious studies. Aden is a cosmopolitan port city that once rivaled Hong Kong.

adeni women army

Central Yemen has had wars with the Zawadi raider elite of the Northern North for 800 years, known for the invention of Algebra, Queen of Sheba and Queen Arwa of Ibb prior to Zawadi occupation. Zawadi constantly plunder Taizi factories, businesses and foreign investment. This makes jobs hard to come by. Since Zawadi are racist and view central Yemenis as higher caste than South Yemenis, some central Yemenis have been able to find employment in the civil service. They are banned from raiding and plundering, which is the reserve of the Northern North raider tribal elite. Zawadi imams have issued fatwas that is is permissible to raid Central Yemenis since they are mainly not Zaiydi Shia, and have issued edicts. Central Yemeni, Tawakkol Karman started the 2011 revolution that brought Hadi to office, the first Sunni in 300 years to rule over Sanaa. Taizis started the 1962 revolution that brought down the Imam. Two hundred years ago, Ibbis started a rebellion which resulted in Northern North to move capital to central Yemen, Taiz, out of spite. Zawadi elite believe in a Hindu-like pre-islamic hierachy, where Zaiydi descendants of the Prophet Mohammed are the Brahmin caste and are only ones allowed to rule, something forbidden in Islam that worked to end caste systems. Understandably, Central Yemeni revolutionary ideas have a lot of currency among lower caste Zaiydi Shia in the Northern North, who see Zadawdism as a cause of their poverty. To escape poverty, lower caste Zaiydis must intermarry into royal bloodlines over centuries, thus reputation use to be currency worth more than gold and more fragile than crystal glasses. Reputation was always used to blackmail lower caste Zaiydis in the Northern North, where in Sunni, Shafai, Sufi, Ismaeli areas in central Yemen, merit has been more important than last name.

bilquis queen of sheeba

Our Goal is to allow Central and South Yemenis speak with their own voice about their own land and their own lives.