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1654, Section: Report


By drawing on the past while breaking from tradition, many of Yemen’s writers appear to be searching for answers and forging new paths in reaction to the country’s current crisis.

Political crisis and Yemen’s literary resurgence

Published on 23 March 2015 by Fareed Al-Homaid in Report

“I have sold hundreds of novels since last June—not world literature masterpieces, but ones written by Yemeni authors. Do you believe that?!” said Abduljabar Al-Attoani, owner of Abu Thaar Bookstore in the capital Sana’a.

While most criticize the role Benomar has played in Yemen’s transitional period, opinion is divided over the extent to which he, along with the international community, is to blame for the current crisis the country is facing.

Parties reflect on UN’s Benomar

Published on 23 March 2015 by Khalid Al-Karimi in Report

As Yemen teeters on the brink of civil war, it has been almost five years to the day that Jamal Benomar was appointed UN special envoy.

According to a 2013 report by Human Rights Watch, only 22 percent of births were registered in Yemen between 2000 and 2010. (Photo credit: Soraya Abu Monassar,)

Majority of Yemeni minors lack birth certificates

Published on 18 March 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri in Report

For many people around the world, a birth certificate is a person’s first legal recognition by the state that they exist. In Yemen, 83 percent of minors remain without one, leaving them vulnerable to a number of abuses.

This article has photo galleryFriday of Dignity four years on: What’s changed?

Published on 18 March 2015 by Fawzia Al Suwaidi in Report

One hundred and fifty competitors took part in this year’s competition.

Equestrian sport in Yemen: For the elite?

Published on 18 March 2015 by Ali Aboluhom in Report

Mohammad Al-Dalei is only eight years old but has been riding horses at the police academy stables in Sana’a for two years. Because of his father Ali’s work with the police force, Mohammad is given privileged access to horses and a trainer, something far beyond the reach of all but a very select class of Yemenis.

This article has photo galleryYemenis in Saudi Arabia fear deportation

Published on 18 March 2015 by Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki in Report

With a history of animosity between the Saudi government and the Houthis, and the latter’s backing from Iran, the group’s rise has been the cause of much alarm in Riyadh. As the situation continues to deteriorate, Yemenis working in the kingdom are concerned about how their host government might respond should the Houthis remain in power.

Different types of landmines and explosive devices, referred to as explosive remnants of war (ERW)

This article has photo galleryLandmine clearance remains difficult amid ongoing tension

Published on 16 March 2015 by Ali Aboluhom in Report

Osama Mohammad, six, was playing with other children in front of his home in Sana’a’s Hasaba neighborhood in late 2011, when he stepped on a land mine that detonated, causing permanent damage to his left leg which later had to be amputated.

A match during the 2013 season between Al-Ittihad club from Ibb and Al-Yarmok from Sana’a.

When politics effects sports: Yemen’s football clubs suspended

Published on 12 March 2015 by Ali Mohsen Aboluhom in Report

This article has photo galleryWhat is a woman's role in society?

Published on 10 March 2015 by Yemen Times Staff in Report

May 8 was International Women's Day. The Yemen Times asked citizens what place women have in Yemeni society today and what people think women’s role should and could be in the future. The Yemen Times asked the following questions:

Yemeni rapper Amani Yahya performs at the photo exhibit celebrating International Women’s Day.

This article has photo galleryYemen celebrates female photographers on International Women’s Day

Published on 9 March 2015 by Yemen Times Staff in Report

With the closure of embassies and the country’s few galleries, the prospects for finding a sponsor and host for an International Women’s Day event were looking grim. Despite Yemen’s serious political situation—the UN Envoy to Yemen has described Yemen as being on the “brink of civil war”—photographer and women’s rights activist Bushra Al-Fusail made it happen.