Business for Peace Award
1543, Section: Report


The Mobile School project was initially launched in Sana’a. It is now gaining popularity in Taiz amidst high numbers of working children. (Archive photo by Samar Qaed)

Schools on wheels come to Taiz

Published on 18 September 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Report

Shakeeb Jaber did not imagine a day when he would be able to read and write. But when the impossible became possible, the 12-year-old was over the moon.

This article has photo galleryYemeni women making a difference

Published on 18 September 2014 by Nasser Mutahar in Report

It is as important as ever that now, during Yemen’s transition, civil society and individual contributions help in building a new Yemen. Given the government’s current crisis, much of the society’s well-being is dependent on the support and services provided by Yemeni citizens.

Dealing in aid commodities appears to be fairly profitable and has become the sole source of income for  a few Yemenis in Sana’a.

When aid becomes a business

Published on 18 September 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Report

Visiting the food distribution center of the Islamic Relief Organization (IRO) on Marib Street on the outskirts of Sana’a makes one fully realize the suffering that internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Yemen endure.

President Obama met with Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi earlier this month at the White House. (Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images)

International diplomacy steers Yemeni Politics

Published on 18 September 2014 by Khalid Al-Karimi in Report

“The nation is undergoing a very complicated situation. It is in front of a crossroad. It is either the choice of life, development, and a new Yemen, or havoc and insecurity,” President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi said in a speech on September 2 in the presence of senior state officials.

Gulf investors flock to buy property on the island, despite the challenges posed by investment laws. (Archive photo by Nancy Hendryx)

Foreigners line up to buy land in Socotra

Published on 16 September 2014 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Report

In spite of Yemen’s deteriorating security situation and a complete collapse of its tourism industry, Socotra Island continues to attract foreigners from across the globe.

Friday prayer is often used as a launching pad for political protest, a phenomenon currently taking place in Sana’a. Here, pro-government Sana’anis take a break from chanting anti-Houthi slogans to pray on Al-Siteen.

Friday prayer: A call to protest?

Published on 16 September 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Report

For Yemeni Muslims and Muslims around the world, Friday is of the utmost religious and social significance.

According to residents and humanitarian aid workers, some schools in Amran remain occupied by militants, while others were looted and remain empty. (Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki)

Amran’s youth struggle for education

Published on 11 September 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid in Report

It has been more than a month since President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi visited Amran governorate on July 23, officially declaring the governorate to be back under government control.

The fear of AQAP attacks causes severe psychological distress among soldiers which often goes untreated.

Attacks leave soldiers traumatized

Published on 9 September 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Report

A Defense Ministry campaign is ongoing to “lift soldiers’ spirits,” but many say the government is not doing enough to keep soldiers and security personnel safe and provide mental health support.

Yemeni women fight for greater representation

Published on 8 September 2014 by / First published Sept. 2 in Report

After years of activism, Amal Basha’s demands for guarantees of greater representation for women in the political system has finally edged closer to reality.

On-duty soldiers regularly leave their posts to buy qat while in uniform‭, ‬violating a number of orders‭. ‬Here‭, ‬a soldier chews while a bag of qat hangs from the turret he is manning‭.

Ignoring the ban

Published on 8 September 2014 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Report

Soldiers in uniform leave their posts to buy qat, chew while on duty

In late April 2007, former Minister of Interior Rashad Al-Alimi issued a ministerial directive forbidding the widespread habit of army personnel wearing their uniforms in qat markets and chewing qat while on duty.