Abdullah Al Baradouni
Yemeni poet and folklorist.
Abdullah was a contradictory figure: a political radical who cherished ancient traditions; a universalist who adored his native land; a popular hero of the written word; a blind man, since age six of smallpox, who saw the truth and was never afraid to express his opinion.
A compelling champion of democracy and women's rights and critic of the nation's religious rulers and the military insurgents that ousted the clerics in 1962. His works were read throughout the Arab world, and translated into many languages. He wrote several books on politics, literature, folklore and costume apart from 12 volumes of poetry.
He was born in Zaraja; at his death he was feted as a national institution.
Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan