Yemen

Yemenis who fly abroad to avoid dying at home

 
It’s known as the “airplane of the sick” to Cairo airport employees. Flights between Yemen's Sanaa and the Egyptian capital are full of ill Yemenis forced abroad to find proper treatment. This phenomenon illustrates the awful state of health services in Yemen. Read more…
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Street theatre denounces rampant violence in southern Yemen

Since December, southern Yemen has been hit by a wave of violence, particularly in the separatist Hadramout province. This has galvanized youth there to put on elaborate street theatre shows to spread a message of peace. Read more…

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Celebratory gunfire at wedding ends in bloodshed

 
The incident, which was caught on video, took place during a wedding celebration in Taiz in southwestern Yemen. As wedding guests dance to the Korean pop song “Gangnam Style”, one of them takes out a machine gun and fires into the air in celebration. However, he loses control of the weapon and ends up shooting several guests. Read more...
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Hoda and Arafet, the love story that has captivated Yemen

 
Hoda al-Nirane, a 22-year old Saudi woman, is being held in a detention centre in Sanaa and risks deportation. Her crime is to have fled from Saudi Arabia to Yemen to escape a forced marriage and marry her beloved, a Yemeni national. This improbable love story has created an unprecedented solidarity movement in this otherwise conservative country. Read more...
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Caught on camera: Yemeni teacher gives 200 students a thrashing

 
A video of what initially appears to be a sport class quickly takes on a more disturbing tone. Amateur video footage from a high school in Taiz, southwest Yemen, shows a teacher giving students thrashings with a cane. Read more...

Mutinying infantry wreaks havoc in Yemeni city

 
In Yemen, the smallest spark could tip the country into armed conflict. In the country’s southeast, already weakened by separatists and al Qaeda, the mutiny of an infantry group on Saturday caused a spiral of violence in the streets of Radah. Read more...
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Cheering for Bashar Al Assad … in Yemen

 
At first glance, the video looks like it might have been filmed in Syria: uniformed soldiers pose in front of an armoured vehicle, on which are plastered photos of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad. However, this video was actually filmed in Yemen’s capital. Read more…

Camel racing and war dances: it’s festival time in southern Yemen

 
In early January, communities in southern Yemen come together to commemorate their reconciliation following the South Yemen Civil War in 1986. It’s also an occasion for them to reinforce, in a festival-like atmosphere, their desire for independence from the north. Read more...
 
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High no more: Yemenis launch khat-free wedding movement

 
In northern Yemen, a wedding where you don’t chew khat is unthinkable to most. The drug, which is ubiquitous in the country’s north, is usually provided to guests in ample quantities, even if the bride or groom don’t indulge. However, young activists have dared to break with tradition and launch a khat-free wedding movement. Read more…

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Brooms not guns: Yemenis bridge divides to clean up their capital

 
Divisions run deep in Yemen, where the population is scarred by last year’s violent uprising. However, for one day, the capital’s residents successfully came together over a relatively neutral cause – cleaning up the city. Read more…
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