Business for Peace Award
1551, Section: Report


With high-speed Internet and long-range antennas, neighborhood hotspots are able to reach a greater number of users.

Neighborhood Internet hotspots

Published on 22 January 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri in Report

New business idea offers Yemenis cheap access to internet at home

Old elites are abandoning the old city and are moving to newer residential areas of Sana’a like Hasaba, Hayil, and Shumaila. (

Sana’a: A hybrid city

Published on 22 January 2015 by Roman Stadnicki in Report

Mostly known for its old city—which has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1986—Yemen’s capital has witnessed unprecedented urbanization trends over recent decades that have restructured the city along territorial and social lines.

Migrants arriving in Yemen by boat often report abuse, including rape and torture. The boats are usually packed way beyond normal capacity, and passengers are routinely beaten if they do not stay still. (UNHCR)

This article has photo galleryJourney to Yemen: A deadly year for migrants and refugees

Published on 22 January 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen in Report

Fifteen-year-old Iftu* left Ethiopia after his father was killed because he feared for his life. Hoping for a future without persecution, he headed to Yemen by boat.

Areas marked in red denote clashes that took place on Monday, while blue denotes fighting that took place Tuesday.

This article has photo galleryFighting disrupts everyday life in Sana’a

Published on 21 January 2015 by Nasser Al-Sakkaf in Report

Residents report war-like scenarios during two days of turmoil in Yemen’s capital

Adnan Al-Madani, seen before and immediately after the heinous acid attack that left him permanently disfigured.

Investigations into brutal acid attack coming to a conclusion

Published on 15 January 2015 by Khalid Al-Karimi in Report

Adnan Al-Madani was on his way to work on the morning of Sept. 7 when he was approached by two men riding a motorcycle.

An estimated 92,592 refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants landed on Yemen’s shores last year, mostly from Ethiopia and Somalia. (UNHCR)

This article has photo galleryWhen Yemen is the destination

Published on 15 January 2015 by Ahlam Mohsen in Report

UN Refugee Agency: More migrant deaths in 2014 than previous four years combined

On Nov. 24, Prime Minister Bahah declared 2015 ‘education year.’ The Ministry of Education seeks to improve indicators in Yemen’s education sector.

2015 Education Year: Challenges ahead

Published on 13 January 2015 by Khalid Al-Karimi in Report

On Nov. 24, the prime minister declared 2015 “Education Year,” highlighting the need to improve the country’s educational system and its importance for Yemen’s future prosperity. It is no small task, for a range of economic and security concerns will need to be addressed before any substantial improvements can be made to schools throughout the country, particularly in rural areas affected by ongoing conflict.

The media and marketing officer at the private University of Modern Sciences (photo) says that criticism against private education facilities do not apply to his institution, where scoring high marks requires substantial effort. (www.ums-edu)

The unregulated boom of private universities

Published on 13 January 2015 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Report

Privatized education has been increasingly popular throughout the world, and Yemen is no exception. An increase in the number of private institutes in the last 20 years means more young Yemenis will have access to education, a crucial fact in a country where over 40 percent of the population is under 15 years of age. However it is possible to have too much of a good thing, however, and many in government and education sectors have grown concerned by a lack of regulation.

Assassinations targeting security and military personnel in 2014

Published on 8 January 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri in Report

A recent study released by the Sana’a-based Abaad Studies and Research Centre noted that over 7,700 Yemenis were killed in armed clashes in 2014. According to the study these figures represent a threefold increase from the toll of 2011.

Funeral procession for female students killed in a terrorist attack in Rad’a city on Dec. 16. (

Residents avoid sending children to school after deadly bombing in Ra’ada city

Published on 8 January 2015 by Ali Aboluhom in Report

Fatima and Marwa refuse to go back to class at the Al-Khansa Elementary School for girls. For the two young girls, 12 and 14 years old, a twin car bombing in December in the city of Rada’a hit too close to home.