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DDF Mareb

Follow up activities give project team with better means for learning from past experience and for continuous improvements. As a part of any project, follow up activities are very important to know more about the impact of the project. DDF  Team communicated with DDF Mareb participants and follow up with them the progress of the project. Several success stories emerged from those participants listed as follows:

Abdulatif Saleh:

“I was lucky to attend Symposium 6, he said”, the symposium was titled “The Role of Customary Law in Protecting Public Interests: Reviving The Practice of Tahjeer[1]  as a tool to Reinforce Rule of Law efforts”. However, from my point of view “The tribal law supports the prestige of the tribe and not the civil state, and this coincided with the current revolution, which seeks to do civil state, I think that if we succeeded in the revolution, we are not obliged to return to the tribe’s law to protect ourselves and public places.

[1] Tahjeer: a tribal tradition according to which tribes respect public places and interests as safe havens and areas that should be free of violent conflicts.

Ahmed Ahowisek:

I have get benefited from the project, I trained how to solve conflicts, after going back to my community, I resolved a family conflict, for instance, my cousin was shot by people from another tribe, he was injured in this confrontation, and according to the tribal customary, it is a shame to forgive the person who offended you/injured or killed, instead, you have to take revenge; but I intervened in the conflict as a mediator and persuaded my cousin to stop revenge and to forgive the person who injured him provided to get medical treatment.

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Ahmed Al-Hawisek:

Participants got benefit from the training, we have trained how to write proposals, initiatives and how to establish NGO,  Intesar Al-Qadhi, one of the participants invited me to opening ceremony of her new established organization called “Mareb Youth Council”, and this is a result of the training, she also established another NGO called “Mareb Girls Assosiation” in Al-Jouba district, she and the member of the association have conducted an awareness campaign among district’s women for the importance of craft business, such as Sewing and making pottery.

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Salma Sheikh:

I have attended the 6 symposium which talks about Tahjeer, in my community and tried my best to transfer my knowledge acquired from the symposium to my students in the school as a school principle. I also attended women sessions and made a mini symposiums and talks about revenge killing and other related topics as well as the role of woman inside her community to fight such issue and how to overcome such a phenomena. Youth leaders invited about 500 persons to the school and discussed with them the revenge killing issue and its negative effects on community and development.

Abdul Latif Saleh:

Actually, we have attended the 6th symposium on Tuesday and Wednesday, and as a mosque preacher, my Friday speech was about “Reviving The Practice of Tahjeer in our community” this is an indicator that the topic of the symposium was well-selected and discussed topics which our community suffer a lot in their daily life.

Fatima Shajera:

Regarding the dialogue symposiums, no one deny that the symposiums are beneficial. We have benefited so much, everyone can knows the effects of symposiums in a long term impact. For instance, if there is a conflict in a community, you will find the participant is the first one who takes the initiative to resolve such conflict and this because he has got a chance in the symposiums to discuss and reach peaceful solutions through dialogue. “e.g. there was a tribal revenge killing between Tuheif and Hawth tribes since 100 years ago, I communicated with some of the participants and told them to revive what we have learnt in Partners Yemen symposiums and they reacted positively, we went to both tribes, and they were preparing themselves for confrontation, in order to make a reconciliation between the two tribes, we persuade the two parties that such issues happened hundreds of years ago and they are victims of their ancestors conflicts and no one can tolerate the impacts of such conflicts, both parties found our dialogue very reasonable, then, they take their guns and go back home. Such intervention is a temporary, but, we , at least, calming down their confrontation and saved people from killing each other.

Nasser Mohtam:

we have conducted many activities as follows:

  • We prepared an awareness campaign targeted the prominent sheikhs for how to protect public places, particularly, in the current crisis
  • Gas crisis: we have communicated with those who participated in the symposium such as Abdulkareem Heidar, Nasser Ka’alan and Husein Al-Ameer and appointed a meeting for discussing the gas crisis and the reason of this crisis; we have agreed to protect roads from highwaymen and letting gas tankers to pass to the citizens, and we succeed to do so.
  • We designed a website titled “Mareb Youth Campaign for Fighting Highwaymen”. The number of members reached two hundred within two days
  • “The DDF program was great since it created a communication channel between youth and local councils” Allia said. She added “before the DDF program, we heard about local councils, but nobody in touch with them, even if there are conflicts or stalled projects, now we have built a very good relation with local council, when we have conflicts and difficult to resolve, we immediately communicate with local council members for help.
  • Mohammed Al-Kharaz:
  • symposiums provided a great atmosphere for dialogue and discussion with local NGOs, local authority, youth and prominent women.
  • Ahmed Al-Zaidi: I designed a Tahjeer document in the internet, particularly in the FaceBook, for the students who want to pursue their university studies, this Tahjeer document was visited and approved by 300 citizens from Mareb youth. Some of them are studying outside the country. The document was admired by all including prominent sheikhs and figures from Mareb.
  • I, also, printed brochures and pamphlets related to education and revenge killing issues to educate my community, these brochures and pamphlets were distributed in most of my community.
  • Another meeting was held with mosque preachers and discussed with them the means of educating our communities with different issues such as revenge, road highwaymen and other community conflicts, preachers approved our idea and started educating people on Fridays on the effects of such issues on our community development.
  • There was a revenge killing expired between Al Al-Zaidi & Al Madghel, I communicated with Nasser Ka’alan and other influence figures from both tribes who participated in the symposia, through our repeated meetings, we have reached to an agreement; it was a reconciliation document and signed by both tribes for one year.
  • Currently there are communications between the same symposia participants to reach a resolution between Al-Jeda’an and Al-Ashraf tribes, and we hope to succeed resolving such issue.
  • Saddeq Heisan:
  • Frankly, I was in the past one of the highwaymen, I was also hindering development projects, and I didn’t resolve any conflict, instead, I was the one who provoke conflicts and this was because of the tribal fanaticism, but after attending the symposiums, I started understand that what I did in the past was wrong. My life changed, I gave up all the bad things and started engaging myself in resolving conflicts. E.g I contributed with resolving the stalled project “Heisan road” and the road is completed. Another example, Hureib health unit, it was stopped working because of tribal conflicts, we constitute a committee for resolving this issue, and I was one of the committee members, we succeed resolving this issue and the health unit is now working.

 

  • Abdulkareem Heidar:
  • A conflict raised between Al-Ashraf and Abeidah tribes regarding a rural hospital, 8 km far away from Mareb city, the building was constructed, and the staff was available, however, it was not furnished and without medical equipments, I intervened in this conflict and explained for both tribes, particularly for the prominent figures in both tribes, that this is a public utility and it serves all people from both tribes and it is not restricted to a particular group or a tribe. We have reached to an initial agreement, the agreement was to furnish and equip the hospital by all the beneficiaries from both tribes and all prominent figures from both tribes approved this idea.
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Shakeeb Amer is working as a Senior Administrative Officer for PARTNERSYEMEN Org. and He is the founder of Go-Tuts.com

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