At The Crossroads

This article is based on an interview with Alicja Borzyszkowska from the New York University Abu Dhabi who went to Djibouti as a member of a research team led by a professor of anthropology who conducts an extensive in-field project at the Horn of Africa on the displacement and migration across the Red Sea. The main focus of the team was to approach the Yemeni war from many perspectives and through the method of participant observation, try to explore the various complexities associated with the nature of the crisis.

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Ahmed Alshaiba

In interview with Yemeni Oud player Ahmed Alshaiba.

‘..the beauty of Ahmed Alshaiba’s music is that it has the ability to traverse generations, linking the contemporary and the traditional, the East and the West’

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On Post-Truth, Hypocrisy and Western Powers in the Middle East

The word of 2016, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, was “post-truth”, a term that describes the triumph of emotion over reason, lies over truth (Oxford Dictionaries, 2016). And now in 2019, post-truth politics still play a major role in the U.S.’s and UK’s external affairs, their involvement in the Middle East and what is being referred to as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis – the civil war in Yemen.

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Scenes From Yemen

Follow Yemeni writer Manal Ghanem as she explores daily life in Yemen in this beautifully written piece.

‘There comes a time when you question where you belong in this life. Is the nationality stamped on your passport the definitive answer to this question? Confusion about your place and identity can become more apparent when your country is not going through stable times. I come from Yemen, and I have struggled with my country up until I felt rooted so deep due to the current war raging and destroying my country’

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To The Girl With The Strawberry Ring

The ongoing conflict in Yemen has resulted in mass food insecurity and left millions of Yemeni children malnourished. This creative piece by Lynsay Holmes is a response to a BBC project in 2018, which shed light on famine in Yemen. It discussed the story of Alaa. A then 6-year-old girl in the children’s ward of a hospital due to malnutrition, who would not take off a toy ring in the shape of a strawberry, gifted to her by her grandmother.

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Yemen Blues

Ellen Grant interviews Ravid Kahalani, a member of Yemen Blues who are a collective of musicians based in the US, on their aim of bringing people together with their music which is inspired by a diverse range of cultures and music genres.

The music of Yemen Blues touches a lot of different people, who are not really different. In the sound of Yemen Blues there are many sounds of different cultures, sounds from all over the world, so everybody can feel a part of it,’

-Ravid Kahalani

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A Brief History of the Yemen Conflict

What caused the Yemen crisis and how did it all start? Read this short blog article written by Alison McIntyre and find out why the United Nations described the situation in Yemen as the world’s largest humanitarian catastrophe (UN, 2018).

The years of conflict have lead to the deaths of more than 233,000 Yemenis while 13 million people remain at risk of starvation and death due to a lack of basic services (Independent, 2019) .

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