Star Wars film brings some cheer amid grim accounts from Yemen
It was an emotional time for Emirati Twitter users last week as they expressed support for the UAE troops in Yemen. Twitter was also abuzz over a 6-year-old Yemeni boy, who asked doctors not to bury him after his death. The conversation also took an artistic twist with everyone talking about the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Praise for heroes
Emiratis have been showing support for soldiers serving in Yemen through an Arabic hashtag. They have urged others to do the same.
Addressing those heroes @OxygenElkone wrote: “We take pride in your heroic actions.” He also prayed for those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
Encouraging the soldiers, @AlzuodiF said that they should prove to the world that “Sheikh Zayed’s sons” could help other countries to overcome hardships.
Faisal @Faw_900 wished he could write a poem to express his gratitude towards those heroes. He thanked his “Arab brothers” for showing that “we don’t accept humiliation”.
Mohammed @AlNazerAlFalasi wrote: “Do you know what the word ‘man’ means? It means one who is not afraid of anything and anyone, except the almighty Allah.”
@AlNazerAlFalasi pointed out that when Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said that his son was not more precious to him than any of his countrymen, it was clear that “our beloved leaders” have genuine concerns for fellow citizens.
@shsm_ wrote: “With the blood spilt in Yemen by our soldiers, there are stories to be written. He said that their sacrifices would never go in vain.”
The Yemeni tragedy
A young Yemeni boy, Fareed, who told his father and the doctors not to bury him after his death became a sensation. Fareed sustained injuries in an air strike.
“The child’s words summarise the tragedy of Yemen,” wrote Ammar @ammaro.
Ahmed @AHA1R struck a similar note saying that the video of the dying child “showed the price Yemenis paid for the war”. Another Twitter user commented on the same matter. This young boy has become a symbol of the suffering in Yemen, said another tweeter.
Some like @PaxAfricanus brooded over the damages suffered by some of Yemen’s ancient cities.
Retweeting a post, Hisham @omeisy noted how the governate of Saada bore the brunt of the war. He was sad that “Saada was completely razed to the ground”.
Star Wars mania reached a new high as fans overwhelmed cinema websites selling advance tickets for the next instalment in the blockbuster intergalactic saga, The Force Awakens.
However, @Dom_Keane_, was surprised at the hype, even though many such as @troydanielsmith said that they could not wait to watch the film.
@MohamedOmar was thrilled that “Star Wars has shattered ticket-sales records”.
@Jackson_Helms came up with an offer for his followers: “I have two tickets for the 11pm show of Star Wars. Try to win me over.”
Simon @spluckrose advised Star Wars fans to book their tickets quickly.
@RASaudAuthor shared a photo of the desert in Abu Dhabi and expressed pride that the landscape has featured in the latest film, The Force Awakens.
@AndreasWiseman wanted the film to open first in the UAE on December 15 as it was shot here. @NickSkywalk shared a photo of John Boyega standing in the desert of Abu Dhabi.
Sarah Khamis is The National’s social media editor
On Twitter: @SarahKhamisUAE
Updated: October 22, 2015 04:00 AM