Published on 21 August 2014 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Report
The cover page shows an old man with an apprehensive look in his eyes, half-smiling as he hands you a bunch of qat leaves. In the background there is a wild-eyed teenage boy, cheeks swollen from the qat that fills them, peering into the camera.
This 862 page hard-cover book published by Reichert Publications is a weapon in all senses of the word. Besides documenting the ever growing role qat plays in Yemen and in the life of Yemenis, the book also analyses Yemen’s qat policy, the tribal qat economy, and the qat connections of our decision makers.
I had this huge publication lying by my bedside for months before I summoned the courage to pick it up and start reading. This was not only due to its intimidating size, but probably even more so due to its topic. Qat, and the political and economic schemes around it, were to me as a Yemeni always a well-known problem. I just was too afraid to read for myself and acknowledge how I as a citizen am part of a society that enables this culture of qat.
I don’t chew Qat and personally I am ardently opposed to it. But I live in a society where Qat prevails. After years of research, Peer Gatter, the author of this book, published it in 2012, offering to the world an insight into this drug and what it has done to my country. Gatter was working for many years for the World Bank and UNDP in Yemen and is now heading the Integrated Expert Program for Afghanistan of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ-CIM).
To read more about the book go to www.qat-yemen.com
Published on 20 August 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid in Report
As you walk into Sana’a’s Musaik neighborhood, one does not have to search long to find heavily armed young men, members of the neighborhood’s gang, congregating in one of their hang-out places.
Published on 20 August 2014 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Report
“In the beginning I could not believe that the teacher who teaches me in the morning is the same who teaches me in the afternoon,” high school student Rasheed Al-Shammakh said, describing his teacher who teaches him mathematics in school during regular hours and afterschool for private lessons at an institute.
Published on 20 August 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Report
Walking into Al-Fardaws, or “Paradise,” Mosque in Sawan area gives you the feeling you are in an airport, bustling with people of different nationalities, from every corner of the world. What’s common is that they all don beards, which they cherish, and are dressed in short garments (thawbs) reaching their ankles.