A picturesque ceremony took place recently at Lahej, the capital of the Aden hinterland, on the occasion of the restoration to his throne, under British auspices, of the Sultan, Sir Abdul Karim ibn Fadthli ibn Ali, K.C.I.E. He succeeded to the throne on January 1, 1918, and was recognized as Sultan by the British Government, but it was only lately that he was installed after the evacuation of Lahej by the Turks. There were some 7000 Turkish troops in the Aden hinterland and southern Yemen, and for some time after the armistice granted to Turkey, it is said they refused to evacuate those territories, believing the news to be a hoax. Special envoys had to be sent from Constantinople to convince them, and they have since surrendered and have been shipped out of the country.
from The Illustrated London News, March 1, 1919– 293.
The German explorer Hermann Burchardt visited Yemen in 1901 and took photographs, including those of Yemenite Jews. Several of these photographs are available in an article in Haaretz.
Yemenite Jewish children in 1901
Yemenis in Sanaa, 1901
كان الشّتاء هو صوت المطر ليلاً حين ينهمر من المزراب الذي في السّطح ويصب في الحمام الملصق بجسد الدار كالبثرة. يبدو شرح هذا صعباً، لكن هذا المزراب كان طبيعياً يوصل بين السطح والأرض الفلاء، وبعدها أحتاج جدي لأن يضيف بطريقة ما حماماً صغيراً للطوارئ، فألصق الحمام في منطقة المزراب. لذا كنا نعرف المطر: ينهمر من المزراب المرتفع عن الأرض حوالي متراً واحداً، يصب على أرضية الحمام ذات البلاط الأبيض! ولأن مطر صيفاً غالباً ما يكون هادراً سريعاً وراعداً، فلم نكن نميز صوت مياهه في المزراب، لكن شتاءنا كان ضبابياً كثيفاً، وكانت أمطاره وادعة، ديمة كما في الأغاني، تظل طوال الليل تنقر على الأرض.
These are postcards of “Somali soldiers” in Aden during the British Protectorate. One can see the Orientalist bias of depicting the “native” as an exotic object.
Here are two old postcard photographs of doors in Hodeidah.
The past of Yemen is preserved in many ways, including quite a few postcards from the early part of the 20th century, especially from Aden. Here are a few examples. If you have any you would like to see posted to this blog, please email the webshaykh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grandmother Aliah complains about the scarcity of food, water and health care. She relies on her son-in-law’s earnings of $4 (£3) per day to support three generations of the family who have all fled from Hudaydah province. An estimated 14 million people are considered food insecure and seven million severely food insecure, with malnutrition widespread.
The BBC has posted a gallery of photos of displaced Yemeni women and girls due to the current conflict. This can be seen at http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-38305875.
Photograph by Maarten de Wolf
“I am walking through Sana’a and can’t believe my eyes.
Does this still exist – lots of men in white dresses wearing daggers?”
In 2013 the photographer Maartin de Wolf published online a superb set of photographs about Yemen, highlighting the variety of dress old and new. Amidst the current destruction of all almost aspects of daily life in Yemen, it is good to remember the beauty of Yemen and its people. Check out the photographs for yourself.
Le decorazioni di legno per il tetto della Grande Moschea a Sana’a dopo i restauri.
The decorations wooden for roof of the Great Mosque in Sanaa after restorations.
المصندقات الخشبية لسقف الجامع الكبير بصنعاء بعد الترميم.
Photos from Facebook Page of Dr. Muhammad Gerhoum