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|Sadly 100 Years Behind|
Hakim Almasmari (
Article Date: October 13, 2008
This week I attended a conference in Washington DC, and what I saw made me really understand how far back Yemen is, and how long it would take the country to reach a small percentage of what other countries have already reached.
The first thing which made me feel that way happened while attending news briefs after meeting, and how its proposals were taken in strong consideration and practiced upon. Whereas, in Yemen, hundreds of conferences and seminars end the same way, but as soon as people start leaving the doors, the idea falls apart and dies out.
This was an example of planning that takes place by the government and organizations. Now, lets talk about the infrastructure here in the United States. All of us know that Washington DC, the capital for the United States, started being built hundreds of years ago. However, even though it is a very crowded capital, it is very difficult to find traffic in its streets, even during rush hour, (time when people go and leave work).
People are very organized, and to wake up after 8 am in the morning is considered a shame, as the person would even considers him/herself lazy. This is because these people have goals to reach and time is very valuable. Comparing that to Yemen, what percentage of the population wake up after 8 am? Even for those who do wake up earlier and go to work, you can see in their eyes that they are still sleepy, therefore, making no difference whether he/she is at home sleeping or in front of his desk at work.In the end, there is always hope.
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