Monday, July 21, 2014

Atta'a, a forgotten revolutionary dies

Yemen's 2011 uprising aftermath for its protesters indeed continue to mount. After the unfortunate death of Tamer Rasam due to the uncured illness he got from the torture by the security forces, this time Atta'a Ali Saleh Fatiny is the next victim who was found dead at one of the tents at change square, last Saturday.

Courtesy AlmasdarOnline

Attah was one of the protesters who joined the change square since the beginning of 2011 with simple personal demand; she was carrying a piece of paper that proved that she owned a piece of land in the country, a land that was ripped off from her by powerful officials during ousted president, Saleh's rule. Even though it's been three years since the uprising, Atta'a never received any justice. She was also sick with cancer and was dreaming of having a medical treatment which she never received. It's believed that she had no family and she found that family sense at the change square.

After being found dead, Atta'a was taken to the hospital and she is kept now at the mortuary fridge. Journalist and socialist party's member, Hani Al-Junid is asking for any money donations through his Facebook page to cover her burial expenses. Also, Tamer is still in the mortuary fridge for almost two months because his family couldn't afford the burial expenses.

Courtesy; Hani Al-Junid

All this is a sign of how president Hadi's government has failed in implementing the transitional justice.

Atta'a and Tamer and many others' rights have been violated not only during their lives, but also after their death. At least 1,500 people are injured and in need of medical treatment since the 2011 uprising. The current government has to take responsibility and not let us have other tragedies like those of Atta'a and Tamer's.

And kudos to all the martyrs!