Hodeidah is being attacked, but the Western media are silent

By Marina de Regt. “Hodeidah is empty, Marina, there is no one there anymore”, says Noura to me this morning, in a short telephone conversation that is repeatedly interrupted because of the bad connection. Noura moved to Sana’a a week ago, fleeing the horrendous violence that has exploded in the city of Hodeidah since Thursday 14 June, the day before the start of Eid Al-Fitr. On that day the Saudi Led Coalition, mainly consisting of mercenaries and ground troops of the United Arab Emirates army, soldiers of the Yemeni National Army and Hiraak al-Tihama started the long planned attack on …

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Yemen’s broken youth

By Marina de Regt     “Aunt, if you know any way to migrate to Europe plz just tell me, I wanna run away from this world”. Said, the son of one of my Yemeni friends, sent me this Facebook message some time ago. I was shocked and first did not know what to answer him. While I got used to phonecalls from my friend Noura, who I support financially (see blog), the desperate situation in Yemen had never reached me through chat messages on Facebook.

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Al-Ameriya bedreigd? Oorlog en de vernietiging van cultureel erfgoed in Jemen.

Door Marina de Regt            Zon-dagochtend werd de film Qudad: Reinventing a Tradition vertoond op het Ambacht in Beeld festival in Amsterdam. De film gaat over de restauratie van de Al-Ameriya Madrassa (een islamitische school met een kleine moskee) in Rada’, een klein stadje in het zuidoosten van Jemen. Qudad is een eeuwenoude vorm van bepleistering die veel voorkomt in Jemen; het duurt een jaar om qudad te maken en het spul kan eeuwenlang blijven zitten. De Al-Ameriya Madrassa in Rada’ was totaal vervallen toen de Irakese archeologe Selma Al-Radi hem eind jaren zeventig voor het eerst bezocht. In samenwerking met …

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A Grim New Phase in Yemen’s Migration History

By Marina de Regt  “Yemen’s conflict is getting so bad that some Yemenis are fleeing to Somalia,” read a recent headline read a recent headline on Vice News. The article mentioned that 32 Yemenis, mainly women and children, made the trip to Berbera, a port town in Somaliland (and not Somalia). Hundreds of thousands of Somalis have crossed the Gulf of Aden since the outbreak of the Somali civil war in 1991. But now the tide seems to have turned. Yemen has become a war zone, as a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia bombs the country in an attempt …

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