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Rasha Abdulkafi told the Yemen Times she was repeatedly harassed at Sana’a University by armed Houthis who ordered her to wear an abaya and threatened to sexually assault her.

This article has photo galleryWhat does the Houthis’ rise mean for women? (Part 1)

Published on 2 March 2015 by Fareed Al-Homaid in Report

This is part one of a two-part series on the Houthis and women’s rights. Part one looks at how women in Sana’a have been affected since the Houthis’ takeover of the capital on Sept. 21. Part two, which will be published on March 5, will examine the difference between the movement’s professed values regarding women and how women are actually being treated, as well as the situation for women in other governorates under Houthi control, such as Sa’ada and Amran.

The closure of the Saudi embassy (pictured) has made it difficult for Yemenis to get visas for the wealthy Gulf country, affecting those planning to go for pilgrimage or work, among other things.

In aftermath of embassy closures, ordinary Yemenis suffer the consequences

Published on 2 March 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri in Report

While the country continues to calculate the political costs of the mass embassy exodus in Sana’a, ordinary Yemenis are already feeling the pain.

Plans to renovate damaged museums and other cultural sites have been put on hold following the resignation of the government. (unhcr)

Abyan declared ‘culturally afflicted’

Published on 2 March 2015 by Ali Aboluhom in Report

In December 2014, Yemen’s then Minister of Culture Arwa Othman released a press statement in which she referred to Yemen’s Abyan governorate as being culturally “afflicted.” The statement was released shortly after Othman completed a tour of the governorate and surveyed its cultural institutes. As a result of continued clashes between the Yemeni army and militants from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), many such institutes have been damaged and turned into makeshift homes and camps for the region’s internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The Poet Abdullah Al-Baradoni Street (left) and The Martyr Gar Allah Omar Street (right). At the bottom of both signs it reads “Revolutionary Committee,” and no government markings can be found.

Houthi Revolutionary Committee changes 11 street names

Published on 25 February 2015 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Report

The Houthis have had a great deal on their hands since seizing control of the capital in September but, while most Sana’anis may not have noticed, the occupying forces also have an eye for detail and symbolic value, as evidenced in a recent campaign to change the names of well-known streets in the city.

Political parties may use vendors for self-promotion, but the popularity of political posters is also a reflection of public opinion. Demand for posters of Abdulmalik Al-Houthi and Ahmed Saleh (both pictured) has grown in recent months.

Street vendors: Just making a living, or hired hands on the campaign trail?

Published on 23 February 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Report

Politicians use various methods to promote themselves and their political parties in order to better get their message across to the masses. Appearing on television and radio, releasing books, or distributing brochures, posters and stickers are just a few of the usual methods employed by politicians in countries throughout the world.

Nearly 200 of Al-Shumo Foundation’s staff members have found themselves out of work since Feb. 5, when Houthis seized their offices and started using their printing press to print pro-Houthi materials.

Newspaper closed, forced south by the Houthis

Published on 23 February 2015 by Mohammad Al-Samawi in Report

Former staff and journalists have been protesting the Houthi takeover of Al-Shumo Foundation and its affiliate newspaper, Akhbar Al-Youm, which have since moved their operations to Aden.

Following months without pay, public media employees have taken matters into their own hands. Live broadcasts at Saba TV ended Saturday, and desperately needed funds have been sought in new advertisement deals.

Saba TV staff strike in demand of salaries

Published on 18 February 2015 by Mohammad Al-Samawi in Report

Live programming at state-run Saba TV channel has been off-air since Saturday, when staff at the channel escalated protests and refused to continue work. Their salaries have not been paid since November.

The remnants of a once thriving community, Yemen’s Jews speak of an increase in abuse and persecution under Houthi rule. Those who remain are reconsidering their place in the country.  (

“Damn the Jews” proving more than just a slogan

Published on 18 February 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Report

Yemen’s dwindling Jewish population reports abuse, fear of the Houthis

With little more than wooden rulers, plasters and cotton, traditional bonesetters treat a wide range of injuries. Although cheaper and traditionally acceptable, if not done properly it can lead to permanent damage. (Photo by Bassam Al-Khameri)

The lure of traditional orthopedics in a volatile economy

Published on 16 February 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri in Report

With its low ceilings and narrow, winding steps, Akram Mohammed Sulaiman’s apartment looks like most others in Sana’a. Approaching the building on Al-Dairi Street, however, an inconspicuous sign hanging on the door tells visitors they are in fact entering an orthopedic clinic. Of sorts, anyway.

“The problem isn’t just the hospitals, it’s the ministry and the [health] office — we don’t have a minister,” said the manager of private medicine at the Ministry of Public Health and Population. (photo by Amal Al-Yarisi)

Government failure extends private healthcare crisis in Sana’a

Published on 16 February 2015 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Report

Over a year and a half has passed since several hospitals were ordered to close due to malpractice, but a follow-up investigation by the Yemen Times reveals they are continuing to operate in sub-standard conditions.