When I think of the word vivid, one of the first things I think of is very bright, intense colors. That’s not exactly what comes to mind when picturing Yemen.
Take the capital Sana’a, for example. While beautiful, the architecture isn’t exactly colorful.
It’s the same with Shibam’s mud brick buildings.
Or this desert in Southern Yemen.
All too sadly during these last two years of conflict, people have been having to dig too many graves.
And they’ve experienced their homes destroyed.
But maybe Yemen can be vivid in a different way. Vivid isn’t always about intense colors.
And Yemen has A LOT of reasons to be vivid. Look again at the photos of Sana’a and Shibam. Maybe brown mud isn’t exactly a vivid color, but here’s a vivid description: Those cities were building skyscrapers before America was even a country. Buildings that are centuries old have made both cities UNESCO World Heritage sites. Not just one or two buildings…. the actual cities. People still live and work here going about their lives every single day in living history. In the old city of Sana’a, people shop in the street markets for spices and jewelry and colorful fabrics and over the past two years have been suffering from Saudi-led airstrikes. So add some bombs to their current scenery.
Now a desert? I’m not too sure how to make that vivid. I’ve never even been to the desert to describe the experience, but I imagine if you’ve been there then you might have a vivid memory of sand sand sand everywhere. Maybe look up at the vivid blue sky, or maybe the lighting will make the sand look a vivid golden color.
Finally… the graves. Dirt is not a vivid color, but graves still paint a very vivid picture. Thousands of Yemenis have lost their lives and have been buried in the ground of their country. That is really, very, extremely sad. For the people digging the graves, for first responders rushing into a bombed funeral hall, healthcare workers trying to save lives, friends and family losing their loved ones…. it’s even more sad and it makes you ANGRY. Things you should never have to experience, but can never forget once you do.
So what do you do about it? You fight back.
And this leaves the country with a very vivid color…. red. Vivid blood red.