Despite all the hard living conditions, the long and recurrent power cuts, the unstable political and security conditions, the negative media coverage, a group of Yemenis managed to show the world that they are living proof to their country's ancient name ‘Arabia Felix’ aka Happy Arabia. Historically, Yemen was known as Arabia Felix meaning Fortunate Arabia or Happy Arabia – a name which was given to it by the Greek geographer Ptolemy. It acquired this name because of its high mountains, which attracted rain, making it more fertile than most of the Arabian peninsula.
Turkish Ambassador in Yemen, Fazli Corman tweeted:
— Fazli Corman (@FazliCorman) May 24, 2014
Mareike Transfeld, a researcher at Yemen Polling, tweeted to Pharell:
— Mareike Transfeld (@projectyemen) May 23, 2014
Awssan Kamal, a member of SupportYemen, tweeted:
— awssan kamal (@awssan) May 24, 2014
CNN's Mohammed Jamjoum added:
— Mohammed Jamjoom (@JamjoomCNN) May 24, 2014
Yemeni blogger Afrah Nasser, living in Sweden, sees it differently. She tweeted:
— Afrah Nasser (@Afrahnasser) May 24, 2014
Support Yemen co-founder Rooj, who is familiar with the hardship of living in Yemen and is also featured in the video, happily pointed:
— Rooj (@Rooj129) May 23, 2014
“Despite our difficulties our happiness will never cease” is a clear message of resilience from Yemen.