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Yemen is above all

Dr. Ahlam Abdelbaki Elqobati


In light of the great and complex challenges that Yemen faces, and what is the conditions of the Yemeni citizen due to the turbulent conditions and their devastating repercussions on the national economy and social fabric, a question comes to our minds: What is the state of national belonging for all of us towards what is happening to our beloved country? A brief question, but it expresses a firm conviction and values' ​​commitment to the homeland. If the individual bears it, the national interest becomes for him above any consideration, a conviction that makes him do his best to advance his homeland. In this context, behavioral sciences scholars see that attitudes and values ​​are not born with the individual, but are acquired through his contact with others and coexistence with them, and although there are certain trends that appear early in individuals since early childhood years, However, there are other types of trends that appear in individuals during their advanced stages of life as a result of their contact and influence with others, and they acquire from them ideas and opinions that become directed to this direction.

 It goes without saying that national affiliation abounds in controversy over it, and the requirements and methods for its development vary among individuals. Thinkers differ in their interpretation according to their ideological affiliations, their intellectual and political paths, and their cultural convictions. Despite this. National affiliation remains the basic building block of citizenship, as it transcends all regional and ideological sectarian affiliations. However, important questions arise here: Who is responsible for creating this intrinsic value for individuals?  What is the role of the family, school, university, mosque, cultural centers and institutions, various media means, government institutions, civil society institutions and society in crystallizing this national belonging? Reality and evidence say that deepening national belonging is everyone’s responsibility.

If the affiliation wanes among individuals or any group, then this can be attributed to the ineffectiveness of the role of community or governmental institutions entrusted with strengthening this affiliation. In light of the critical conditions in Yemen, it is necessary to adopt a national initiative that contributes to the creation of the national movement that aims to activate the role of citizens (human capital), creating a national awakening that works to stop the war, avoid the human and material destruction of Yemen, and work to rebuild and wrap up the rift in the social fabric. This will only happen by awakening the behavior of national belonging and upholding its values. By awakening it, we can overcome all obstacles and face challenges in the interest of our dear country, a country in which everyone lives in harmony and peace.

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