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GV Face: Four Years After the Uprising, Where is Yemen Going?

Yemen's popular uprising in 2011 helped oust President Saleh after 33 years in power. How much have things really changed for the country's 25 million people?

The uprising was supposed to bring more democracy and justice to the people, but activists say its goals were never accomplished. Inflation and unemployment is still high, and the government is still pouring resources to fight Al Qaeda, while attempting and failing to crush Houthi fighters in the country. 

As the military and Houthi fighters grab the limelight, Yemen's people have no voice in the decision-making process.

This is despite the fact that the uprising led to a unique and controversial transition process, known as the the National Dialogue Conference (NDC). For 10 months at the NDC, Yemen's youth, women, civil society, marginalized social segments along with the country's political elites had the opportunity to sit side by side and work on building the new state of Yemen.

The Conference ended almost a year ago, and the people of Yemen are still waiting for the outcomes of the NDC to be realized.

In this episode of GV Face, we'll be talking to activists about the NDC outcomes and whether they think they meet Yemen's current urgent needs.  We'll also ask them about the current activism scene in Yemen and what hopes and dreams Yemen's youth have for their future.

Our speakers:

Hisham Al-Omeisy: Yemeni active Twitter user and Information Analyst and Communications Consultant, based in Sana'a.
Afrah Nasser: Yemeni human rights activist, blogger and freelance journalist, living in Sweden since 2011.


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