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The government-run Al-Thawra Al-Iqtisadi newspaper denounces the loss of‭

Politics of Qat by Peer Gatter: Ups and downs in qat politics after 2002 (part 2/2)

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

While gangs used to be prevalent in Sanaصani neighborhoods like Musaik‭ (‬right‭) ‬or Quraish‭ (‬left‭), ‬residents nowadays report a noticeable decline of gang activities‭.‬

Disappearing with time or turning into a more serious problem?

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.

Private institutes that offer expensive lessons to students from better-off backgrounds are worsening the class gap in Yemen‭.

Education gap: Public schools vs. private institutes

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.

Around 1,500‭ ‬Salafis who fled from Dammaj are now living in Sana'a's Sawan neighborhood‭, ‬which is known for its large Salafi population and its Al-Fardaws Mosque‭ (‬see picture‭).‬

Salafi refugees: Settling in Sana’a nostalgic of Dammaj

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.

Some farmers stopped investing in farming and harvesting pomegranates due to low local prices.

Diesel shortage affects pomegranates season in Sa’ada

Published on 19 August 2014 by Ali Saeed in Report

Pomegranate farmers in Sa'ada governorate are frustrated about the earnings of this year's season, as the price of a 20kg basket went down from YR5,000 ($23) last year to YR2,500 ($11.5) this year.

Children being used to settle disputes

Published on 19 August 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Report

Taking advantage of the security vacuum, some resort to kidnapping children

After escaping hardships in Eritrea and arriving in Yemen‭, ‬many Eritreans are unable to find employment‭, ‬accommodation‭, ‬and security‭.‬

Dreams of Eritrean refugees turn to ashes in Yemen

Published on 19 August 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid in Report

Dozens of Eritrean refugees are scattered across the Al-Safeyah area of Sana’a, a densely populated neighborhood estimated to have the largest number of African refugees in the city. Women sit in groups on threadbare carpets, blankets, or mats in streets corners. They are surrounded by playing children, running, shouting, smiling, and laughing; easily distracting observers from the tragic experiences they went through on their way to and through Yemen.

Wadi Sa‘wan in Bani Hushaysh district: A minibus was recycled as a watchtower to guard qat  fields.

This article has photo galleryPolitics of Qat by Peer Gatter: Donor demands and qat

Published on 14 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

Al-Ashwal earned an MA in biology and established an association to help deaf girls in Yemen pursue their education‭.‬

Succeeding with a disability: The story of Manal Al-Ashwal

Published on 12 August 2014 by Dares Al-Badani in Report

Manal Al-Ashwal was born in Taiz in 1982 to an educated family. Her mother recalls her being a happy, healthy child.

After touring the world on his bicycle, seventy-year-old Saleh Al-Marhabi travelled Yemen this year by motorcycle, giving lectures and visiting various security departments. (Photo courtesy of Saleh Al-Marhabi)

Yemeni globetrotter tours the world and 11 governorates to promote peace and security

Published on 12 August 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid in Report

Having travelled the world and visited over 30 countries, globetrotter Saleh Al-Marhabi decided this year to tour around 11 Yemeni governorates by motorbike with the goal of promoting peace and stability.

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