Business for Peace Award
1543, Section: Report


Bookshop owners say street vendors are undermining their business by selling books at rock-bottom prices‭. ‬Without having to pay rent or salaries for other employees‭, ‬these vendors can afford to charge less‭. ‬

Bookstalls thrive in Tahrir Square

Published on 24 April 2014 by Mohammed Al-Khayat in Report

On a sidewalk off Sana’a’s Tahrir Square a handful of people of various ages browse books at a street vendor’s stall. The area, which is home to the city’s main public library, is a bustling public space that draws readers and would-be book buyers from far and wide, and for bookstall owners business is looking up.

Human development training has taken off in Yemen‭, ‬where some coaches claim to earn as much as‭ $‬30‭ ‬or‭ $‬40‭ ‬per hour‭. ‬The spread of the profession and accrediting institutions has raised concerns and led some to call for the profession to be reg

Human development coaches—a burgeoning trade

Published on 22 April 2014 by Mohammed Al-Khayat in Report

Walking around the streets of Sana'a, one is likely to come across posters on walls advertising human development coaches, many of them self-styled.

The increasing trend among Sana'a's well-to-do is to reserve burial plots‭. ‬Doing so is driving up prices‭, ‬according to the Ministry of Endowment‭. ‬Officially‭, ‬burial plots are free‭. ‬Yemenis only pay the grave-digger for his labor‭. ‬

When even dying is too expensive

Published on 22 April 2014 by Dares Al-Badani in Report

Poor say prices of burial are unaffordable—grave-diggers accused of over-charging

Once off limits, children increasingly used as bargaining chips in disputes

Published on 22 April 2014 by Esam Al-Qadasi in Report

Tribal arbitrations have been around longer than the state of Yemen, and are a well-tested means of resolving difficult disputes between parties. But a worrying new trend is emerging and has already threatened to end at least one arbitration of a 13-year dispute.

Labourers wait to be hired on a street in Sanaa‭.‬

The challenge of youth unemployment

Published on 17 April 2014 by Madiha AlJunaid in Report

Just off one of Sana’a’s main roads, a man in his twenties, Zakaria Al-Ghanmi, sits with a bent back on the sidewalk selling sweets and small food items. Like many of his contemporaries, he has a forlorn look about him and he prays that things do not get any worse.

Tit-for-tat: Tribe confiscates oil tankers to secure release of oil tanker

Published on 15 April 2014 by Mohammed Al-Khayat in Report

When Mohammed Al-Hazizi of Beni Matr first purchased an oil tanker to increase his means of income, he never thought it would end up putting him in debt.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON‭: ‬The allocated budget for this year's theatre festival to mark World Theatre Day is nearly half of last year's budget‭. ‬The finance minister says the government budget is too tight to set money aside for the festival‭. ‬Ministry of

But the show must go on

Published on 10 April 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Report

On March 27 Yemeni actors will celebrate World Theater Day, performing plays at the Cultural Center of the Ministry of Culture. The date marks the beginning of a theater festival which may continue for up to two months depending on how many plays they are.

Baqlawa is a famous Turkish treat. Al-Sharabi says that Baqlawa is the best choice for gifts because it is delicate and aesthetically pleasing.

This article has photo galleryShami sweets in Sana’a: A sweet tooth’s guide

Published on 10 April 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Report

Sweetmaker Khalil Al-Sharabi, 25, works in a Sana’a sweetshop which is famous for its Shami sweets (Shami refers to the Levant).

Mohsen Ayid appears beside the fatwa that was issued against him. (

This article has photo galleryFatwas against journalists on the rise

Published on 8 April 2014 by Mohammed Al-Khayat in Report

Journalists say their followings have only grown as a result

Cars caught in flood waters last year. The Sana’a Civil Defense has cautioned drivers to avoid driving in Al-Saila during the rainy season. (Archive photo by Ali Moshki)

ًSana’a drivers warned to steer clear of Al-Saila

Published on 8 April 2014 by Amal al Yarisi in Report

At the beginning of spring each year, Sana'a witnesses heavy rains and streets often filled with water.