Yemen is not only significant to me; it represents me. Yemen for me is my country and all of its 22 cities. I have visited about 10 cities but I stayed in Taiz Sana mostly, and a little bit in Aden. I also lived in Ibb. I like Sana, and in Aden, these places say many things to me: Come to the park to play with your friends. In the park, I can hear my friends. And I was usually playing soccer with my best friend, it was so fun.
Yemen is more than a country; for me, it is like a mother. My memories, for example, my house was so much bigger than Brooklyn, it had a courtyard with a tree. When I felt sad or bored or alone, I would go there to sit and think. I disliked Yemen when the war happened, and what’s important is it is still my home that I love no matter what happens.
When I lived in Yemen, if I was sick, tired, or feeling terrible, I would go to my grandmother Rhama and see her, and she would talk to me about life. I would feel better. She alwys said things like, “You have to brave and finish school, and come back to see us in Yemen.”