“There were twenty-five million people in Yemen and at least thirteen million guns — after the United States, it was, per capita the world’s most armed nation. Men wore AKs walking down the street. They brought them to weddings.” ― Dave Eggers, The Monk of Mokha
It is also a country of coffee, honey, poetry, amazing landscape…and khat !
Situated in a mountain valley at an altitude of 2,200 m, the Old City of Sana’a is defined by an extraordinary density of rammed earth and burnt brick towers rising several stories above stone-built ground floors, strikingly decorated with geometric patterns of fired bricks and white gypsum. The ocher of the buildings blends into the bistre-colored earth of the nearby mountains. Within the city, minarets pierce the skyline and spacious green bustans (gardens) are scattered between the densely packed houses, mosques, bath buildings and caravanserais.
Since the beginning of the conflict in 2014 Sana’a Old Town has been hit by several air strikes damaging some of the old historical buildings.
Some places in country close to the front lines have suffered more than other areas, the consequences of the war have reached every corner in Yemen, even peripheral zones far from the conflict. However, the heavy cost is not only impacting civilians but also reshaping Yemen, creating a country that did not exist previously.
It is worth noting that public sentiment at the beginning of the campaign was mostly in favor of Hadi’s government and supported the Saudi-led coalition. However, people are now fed up with the coalition’s practices and the devastation it has wrought. The coalition’s strategy during the last four years has been characterized more by failure than success.