On April 23rd, Farea Al-Muslimi, an activist and freelance journalist from Yemen who has spent several years as a teenager studying and living in the United States as a foreign exchange student, appealed to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the United States drone strike on his town, Wessab. He explained to the Committee that the drone strike on his village "terrified thousands of simple, poor farmers" and "tore [his] heart," much like the horrific bombings in Boston, MA last week.
Al-Muslimi was one of a selected few students in Yemen who received a scholarship to study abroad in the United States. When he returned to his small village, he spoke highly of the American culture he had learned during his study abroad experience and its people who have positively influenced his life. Al-Muslimi considers himself both an ambassador to Yemen for the United States as well as an ambassador to the United States for Yemen. His unique background has brought him to the Senate Judiciary Committee in order to explain the consequences of targeted killings by the United States in Yemen. Before the drone strike, the people of Yemen, especially those in Al-Muslimi's home town, had positive views of the United States but now they think of the "terror they feel from the drones that hover over their heads ready to fire missiles at any time."