Photo Essay

Mohammad Raheem, 61, has been working at Old Sana’a’s Souk Al-Milh since the 1970s. He says the traditional market has changed considerably since imported products began arriving in the 1990s.

This article has photo galleryTraditional incense traders facing stiff competition

Published on 30 March 2015 by Ali Aboluhom

Home to a thriving market for myrrh (murr) and frankincense (luban) stretching back thousands of years, Southern Arabia has long been known for its rich fragrances. Formed from dried tree resin, the most expensive and sought after varieties are still found growing in Yemen and Oman today.

This article has photo gallerySupporters of Ahmed Saleh call on him to run for president

Published on 11 March 2015 by Ali Aboluhom

This article has photo galleryHadi in Aden: Supporting unity or encouraging secession?

Published on 23 February 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri

When Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi left the capital Sana’a to the southern port city of Aden on Saturday, Feb. 21, the question immediately arose as to whether the move will help unity or make secession more likely.

Sana’a’s sprawling urban metropolis.  The capital city was founded inside the gates of the Old City centuries ago.  Now it is home to close to 2 million people, and continues to grow.  The photo on the left is the city before mass urban development.

This article has photo gallerySana’a: Then and Now

Published on 6 January 2015 by Zakarya Dahman

An elderly man, dressed in traditional Sana’ani attire, sits next to Bab Al-Yemen, the gate to Sana’a’s Old City.

This article has photo gallerySana’a residents give their view on southern independence

Published on 27 November 2014 by Khalid Al-Karimi

On Oct. 14, 1963, Yemenis in the south began a revolution against the British colonialists. After more than four years of struggle, on Nov. 30, 1967, the last British soldier left and South Yemen became independent. This year, the pro-secessionist Southern Movement established a protest camp in Aden city on Oct. 14, and is calling for all civil and military personnel from the north to leave the south by Nov. 30.

This article has photo galleryWhy do people join AQAP?

Published on 11 September 2014 by Mohammed Al-Qalisi

Given the recent rise of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Hadramout the question why young Yemeni men join AQAP has never been more important. It is a question highly relevant to Yemen’s and international security since it is only by targeting the root causes that motivate Yemenis to join or sympathize with AQAP, that the group’s  influence can be undermined.

This article has photo galleryThe Jambiya: Yemeni icon and status symbol

Published on 24 June 2014 by Ezzaddin Al-Zain

Jambiyas are traditional Arabian daggers that are still popularly worn in Yemen. The Yemeni jambiya is typically a curved, thick, double-edged blade. The sheath is normally tucked into a thick embroidered belt. In Yemen, the styles of jambiyas differ remarkably from region to region.

Al-Amri Miqshama still has a green spot‭. ‬Formerly‭, ‬it used to be called Qubt Al-Mahdi‭. ‬Al-Qads said the Maqashim are named after the mosques and neighborhoods‭.‬

This article has photo gallerySana’a’s Maqashim, the green spaces in old city of Sana'a

Published on 27 May 2014 by Ezzaddin Al-Zain

The Old City of Sana'a is a listed world heritage site and home to thousands of centuries-old buildings—many of them several stories high—built in distinctive traditional styles.

Abdullah‭, ‬a 40-year-old man from Bani Matr‭, ‬washes a car outside an upmarket coffeehouse.

This article has photo galleryWorking at the car wash

Published on 17 April 2014 by Amal Al -Yarisi

The days are long at Al-Khaled car wash, where employees work 11-hour-days, seven days a week, starting at 8 a.m. Mohsen Al-Alawdi opened the Al-Khaled car wash 20 years ago. It has been his source of income ever since. Opposite Al-Dailami school, Al-Khaled car wash is located near Al-Misbahi roundabout. Car washes are often sites of visible inequality, where laborers who are unlikely to ever set aside enough money to purchase a car wash vehicles of Sana’a’s middle and upper-middle classes. An actual car wash establishment charges between YR2,000 and 3,000  ($10-$15) per car. Those who wash cars independently, often on the streets, earn much less.

The Qorqush is a scarf which Jewish girls in Yemen wear‭. ‬Helal Abdulkareem‭, ‬the owner of Al-Sakhi clothes shop‭, ‬said that many women have a fondness for the Qorqush‭, ‬especially for special occasions‭. ‬The Qorqush is emblazoned with silver‭.

This article has photo galleryYemen’s Jews leave their mark in handicrafts and architecture

Published on 25 March 2014 by Amal al Yarisi

Despite the dwindling number of Yemeni Jews in the country, their handicrafts and legacy remain.