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Yemeni Journey

Night and Day

During the month of Ramadhaan, the Yemenis turn their worlds upside down. Night literally becomes day, and day becomes like night. We don’t follow this custom, preferring to keep things in their usual up and down state, but we can’t help but be affected by it throughout the entire month.[…]

Breaking Fast

It is about half an hour before time to break fast. The sun is slanting in the windows, whispering its goodbyes for the day. Outside, the dusty streets are filled with people hurrying…the old men who play dominoes for hours every afternoon are packing up their game board and pieces[…]

Approach of Ramadhaan

Ramadhaan is almost here, alhamdulillah. Despite the long, fourteen hour days and intense heat, the whole family is looking forward to it. It’s a month full of worship, contemplation, family time, and intense experiences. Ramadhaan is an enigma to many non-Muslims- those who are open minded are amazed that we[…]

The Voiceless Ones

The “protests” here in Yemen have been going on for about five months now. Five long months of lives disrupted, work neglected, schools closed, periodic violence, and shortages of fuel, food, and water. When I read of these protests, of the tent city set up and populated largely by young,[…]

To Thrive

Palestinian children crying, reaching out for the person holding the camera. A man, shielding a young boy from soldier’s bullets, not knowing that the boy, his nephew, was already dead. A picture of an Isreali soldier’s t-shirt, depicting a pregnant woman with a bullseye on her stomach. An Afghani wedding[…]