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The terrorists have won


So, once again the terrorists have won. Our trip to Wadi Hawdramaut, the centerpeice trip of the whole program, has been called off. The road to Hawdramaut runs through Marib, and the program is concerned that some of us fragile little flowers "might be scared" to go through Marib after the bombings. Mind you, this isn't to stop in Marib, or go to the Temple of Bilqis where the bombing occured, they're afraid to simply drive through Marib. The trip was still supposed to occur even after the bombing, but with an alternate route through Aden. But then they found two unexploded car bombs in Aden, and that was the final nail in the coffin. Of course, they didn't bother to ask us if we were concerned about driving through Marib, nor did they let us vote on it like they said they would, they just decided that some people were too scared, and called the whole thing off. This is regardless of the waivers we've signed, and the fact that we all knew what we were getting into when we came here during a civil war. Anybody that is scared to go through Marib shouldn't have come to this country in the first place. The worst part is that they aren't even putting a stop to travel to Hawdramaut, just for the CLS program. The YLC kids, who are paying their own way and apparently expendable, can not only go to Hawdramaut, they can even leave the country and go to Ethiopia. So, instead of the Hawdramaut, they're sending us on a trip to Hodeida, on the Tihama Red Sea Coast, for an allegedly relaxing vacation on the beach, and to go snorkeling. This sounds very good in theory and a lot of the other kids have bought it. Unfortunately, what they aren't telling anyone is that the Tihama is about 110 degrees right now, with humidity. So, we won't be able to go to the beach during the day, and the water will be about 80+ degrees when swimming in it, which will not be fun. On top of all this, we're staying in even more depressing hotels than some of the ones we've already visited. And it is malaria season on the Tihama. Given the figures on malaria in Yemen, we're statistically more likely to die from malaria than terrorism.

Posted by mc327503 02:44 Archived in Yemen Arab Republic

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