Donnerstag, 11. Oktober 2012

Realms of Memory in Yemen I (al-Hamdi)

'Realms of memory' (lieux de mémoire, a concept introduced by the French historian Pierre Nora) are spaces, ideas, persons, concepts, songs, etc. in which the collective memory of a society condenses. They are thus highly symbolically charged and take an important place in the construction of collective identities, including nationalism. Examples of (European) 'realms of memory' are the battle of Kosovo for the Serbian nation, the Marseillaise for the French, Auschwitz for Germany as well as Israel, etc.

Today marked the day of the assassination of Ibrahim al-Hamdi, who could well be considered a Yemeni 'realm of memory'. He was North Yemen's third President after the revolution against the Imamate and ruled the country from 1974 until his assassination on October 11, 1977. Today, he is particularly remembered in Yemen as a man who aimed to curb the influence of tribal shaykhs on the political system of the country as well as of trying to build a modern army that was loyal to the country and not to particular persons or other affiliations - notions that many Yemenis hope their future country leaders will pursue when calling for a 'civil state'. While Yemeni society is currently highly politically divided, Ibrahim al-Hamdi is a symbol of hope to Yemenis of highly varied political backgrounds. He stands for the potential of building a new and better Yemen if the country's current leaders are willing and courageous enough to take decisive steps.

Below are a few pictures from a march organized by the Nasserite Party in Yemen as well as independent activists to the grave of al-Hamdi in Martyrs' Cemetery in Sanaa with the aim of a) demanding that those who killed al-Hamdi be finally held accountable (the exact circumstances of his death remain in the dark until today); b) reminding people as well as politicians of the important and highly sensitive period Yemen is going through today; and c) calling for the political elite to take decisive steps towards the building of a 'civil' state.


© Marie-Christine Heinze

© Marie-Christine Heinze

© Marie-Christine Heinze

© Marie-Christine Heinze

© Marie-Christine Heinze

© Marie-Christine Heinze





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