21st May 2009: Strange Country
“If I want to buy paint or canvas, I have to come to Sanaa. If I want to put on an exhibition, I have to apply for it in Sanaa. I grew up in an Aden that was the capital of the south. Today it feels like a small town.”
The socialists didn’t have better politics back then, says the 48 year-old. “But women didn’t have to go round shrouded like tents. Women and men were the same. A lot of things have changed for us – for the worse.” So much so that in the south now some people want to reverse the unification. While Sanaa celebrated the national holiday this year with a military parade, fireworks and a chorus of horns, people died in Aden when the security forces broke up a demonstration.
Will Yemen succeed in perfecting its unity? “There is only one way out”, Makrami is convinced. “The rulers must think about their country. They simply have to consider: What we’re doing – is it good for our country or just good for us? Then we’ll find the solution, I’m quite sure.”