Written By: Majid al-Kibsi
Article Date: Jan 7, 2012 - 10:09:24 PM
Tribes in Yemen have always had a very strong and complicated structure, and any talk about resolving the tribes is a mere fantasy.
The tribes have always taken a negative role in the past, and to advance to the future the tribe should have a new role that will assist in building a more civilized country in the coming era.
The new government should create new environment to extinguish the tribal negative tradition and revive the honorable values most tribes lost through instability and the bad economic situations Yemen has gone through.
How can the government work on this issue? Education is an essential key for a better future and a better role for the tribes in Yemen.
The new government has issued some of the decisions that didn’t get too much approval in the Yemeni society including the weekend day’s change.
The problem is not in choosing Saturday, Sunday or even Monday, the problem is that there are more vital issues that need to be handled first. Education should have been the biggest priority for the government in both for the tribes and the cities.
Moreover, the government should encourage the tribe to emerge with the civil society in the city and remove all the differences between the tribal system and the civil society by taking care of providing a strong judiciary system, health and education first.
The interim government should provide tribes with essential services, and remove any needs for mediators between the citizen and his rights to get basic services. This will reduce role of the Sheikhs which will make citizens trust and believe more in government and law.
This is a new year, and it should be the start not of 2012, but it should be the start of a civilized Yemen in all aspects.
The tribe should not be eliminated, but it should be more active in a civil society where every human is equal. When education prevails in all Yemen’s tribal areas, only then many of the negative aspects of the tribes will disappear.
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