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Fuel subsidies  Posted on 08/08/2014
Last week, fuel at the pump nearly dubbled in price.  A liter of petrol now costs nearly $1, and that in a country where 40% of the population has less than $2 a day to spend! Many people already had a hard time surviving before this...
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Electricity - or Living Without it  Posted on 02/27/2014
The other day I came across a couple of websites of Americans who have chosen to live without electricity. Apart from the question how they can post blogposts without electricity, I think this is great! These people grew up with fridges,...
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Yemeni Women  Posted on 01/18/2014
Sometimes I am asked how women live in this country. This isn't an easy question because there are huge differences in lifestyle among Yemeni women. Women in the countryside (which is where the majority of people live) are usually...
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Eid Mubarak  Posted on 10/15/2013
Eid again - this time really for the Muslims who went on hajj. Nevertheless, the other people celebrate, too: sheep are slaughtered, new clothes are worn, and people get together. Let's not forget that Eid is not just having a few...
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Power Cuts?  Posted on 10/02/2013
We have no power cuts these days but rather non-power cuts. The electricity may come for ten minutes or so every now and then but that's about it. I admit, we've gotten used to it, so it doesn't bother me too much. It may...
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Early Marriage  Posted on 09/18/2013
Whoever follows news on Yemen will regularly come past an article about early marriage. Some call it child marriage. According to Human Rights Watch, some 14% of Yemeni girls marries before the age of 15, and about half before the age of...
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Recipe (Shafoot)  Posted on 09/02/2013
Most families here eat shafoot during Ramadhan because of its refreshing taste, but it can also be served during the rest of the year. It consists of lehoh (a sort of pancake), yoghurt, and zahaweq. How to prepare: 1. Elsewhere on this...
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Eid Mubarak!  Posted on 08/08/2013
The whole country will have at least a week's holiday. Everything (except some shops) will be closed, many people travel to their villages, and others to the coast. So whoever stays behind can enjoy an empty and quiet city for some...
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Ramadhan (Laylat-ul-Qadr)  Posted on 08/01/2013
An Islamic day ends at the time of maghrib (sunset), so a new day then starts. That means that after maghrib on a Thursday, it is the 'night of Friday'. Why I am writing this? Because I was myself unaware of this for a long time,...
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Ramadhan (Changing Schedules)  Posted on 07/18/2013
It's amazing how the Yemenis completely change their daily schedules during Ramadhan, and from the very first day! As soon as the beginning of the month is announced, they prepare themselves to stay up all night so that they can sleep...
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  • Humayuz
    Humayuz 29 July 2011 17:46:19

    Dear Sister, I like this blog and particularly the way you advise sounds me great. I am planning to bring my wife, kids and my mother to settle down in Aden, Yemen from Islamabad, Pakistan. The reason behind this move is my newely planned livlihood, i mean i am about to start trading business here on self employed basis.Currently i m in Djibouti. I would also like to know about buying residential property options in Aden for foreigners like me. Any further information deems you fit to pass on, Please brief me accordingly. Regards.

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