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After living in Yemen for 10 years, and now assisting the Yemen response from abroad for five years I have realized the importance of telling the stories of Yemenis inside Yemen. This podcast features up to date news coming out of Yemen. How are Yemenis living? What is the real situation on the ground? Listen to the stories of their joys, fears, suffering, and resilience and learn about opportunities for you to be a part of their story.
 
Welcome This is where you leave your message to the world. Look for the green record button at the top of the page. Click and follow the instructions. Start recording. Please see here: (http://voicesfromyemen.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/instructions-for-audioboo/) Begin your message with a brief introduction of who you are and what you stand for. Then, say: “Message to the world: I am a voice from Yemen … I would like………………(this is the part where you state your demands from the international co ...
 
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علي ناصر قايد البخيتي علي البخيتي، محامي وكاتب سياسي يمني، ولاجئ سياسي مؤخرا في بريطانيا، من مواليد قرية الملحاء مديرية الحدا محافظة ذمار عضو سابق في مؤتمر الحوار الوطني اليمني والمتحدث باسم أنصار الله "الحوثيين" في المؤتمر ساند الحوثيين بقوة وكان رأس الحربة وأبرز وجوههم في معركتهم السياسية والإعلامية تغير موقفه منهم بزاوية ٣٦٠ درجة من حامل راية ال…
 
Independent Yemeni film and theatre director Amr Gamal returns to the podcast to share more about his work and love for Aden. He talks about the power of comedy, and says, “When you mix tragedy with comedy it’s easier to swallow.” Amr also shares how, as he’s taken his work out of the country, he’s learned that, “People everywhere can understand yo…
 
After nearly all the theaters, cinemas, and stages in Aden were either shut down or destroyed following Yemen’s civil war that ended in 1994, Amr Gamal went on to become an independent Yemeni film and theatre director. He wrote and directed 10 theatre productions between 2005 and 2014 and his play Maak Nazel became the first Yemeni production to be…
 
Alex Williams, host of Yemen News, joins Affan Syed’s podcast to continue bringing awareness about the Yemen crisis to a global audience. He describes the multiple disease outbreaks that Yemen has faced since the outbreak of the war and continues to celebrate Yemeni resilience. Alex says the real story of Yemen is the story of Yemenis who continue …
 
Alex Williams, host of Yemen News, talks more about different factions taking advantage of the war in Yemen and asks us to consider where all the weapons being sold to the warring parties really end up. He also describes Yemen’s tribal society as well as the impact of the war on tribal values and continues the theme of Yemeni resilience, saying, “Y…
 
Alex Williams, host of Yemen News, takes a turn answering the questions as he breaks down the impact of war, cholera, and COVID-19 on Yemeni families. He tells us how the war in Yemen started over five years ago, and describes the resilience of the Yemeni people through the conflict. Alex also points out that the ongoing bombing campaign is sensele…
 
Hadil Al-Ashwal is the Founder & Managing Director of the MENA Advocates for Gender Equality. Born and raised in Yemen, she has lived in different countries in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Hadil holds an MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University where she was selected as a representative, exemplary woman to inspire others. Currently, …
 
Yemeni Boxer Khalid Twaiti has been fighting professionally for over three years and has a 6-0 record in his professional bouts, with three knockouts under his belt. Khalid is motivated by the resilience of the Yemeni people. Khalid says Yemeni’s have the “heart of a lion” and seeks to use his boxing career to represent Yemenis inside Yemen who can…
 
Shroq Al Ramadi is the founder of Takween Culture Club, which exists to revive Hadhrami culture. Shroq speaks about the importance of these efforts during a time of political conflict and war that has threatened to strip Hadhrami society of its traditions and cultural identity. Her efforts to research and preserve Hadhrami culture include her gradu…
 
Mohammed Murshed is a professional artist from Yemen who addresses Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through his work. He returns to the podcast to describe his personal experiences in Yemen’s ancient places and challenge Yemenis to spend more time researching their own history. He shares about his experiences of being pressured to conform whil…
 
Mohammed Murshed is a professional artist from Yemen who works with paint, sculpture, video, sound, programming for art, and video games. His work addresses the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that he experiences as a result of living through the war in Yemen, and how he's processing its effects. He is on a journey to being healed of his trau…
 
Tareq Hassan is the Chairman of the International Youth Council -Yemen (IYCY), a leading organization in Yemen active in WASH, Nutrition, Food Security, Health, Shelter, Protection, Governance, Education, Peace, Energy, Environment & Climate Change as well as Youth Development. He was elected as the UN Environment (UNEP) Regional Facilitator for Ma…
 
Amir Al-Deen Abdulmalik Jahaf is the son of academics who graduated high school as a top student and was awarded a scholarship to study medicine in Egypt. However, when he returned to visit his family in Yemen on summer break, he ended up being detained without trial for two years and three months in hidden prisons. Amir shares his story of resilie…
 
Yemeni writer Abobakr Alfaqeeh returns to help us understand the new controversial tax being imposed by the Houthi government as well as the Houthi government’s policies surrounding Covid-19. He talks about the suffering of ordinary Yemeni people living under governments without democratic legitimacy. In the absence of a government of the people, b…
 
Abobaker Al Faqeeh has worked for both local and international media outlets, including the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. In a recent piece, he exposed how both the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition have been actively recruiting and using child soldiers in the Yemen conflict. In this episode, he shares more about the intentional stra…
 
Emad Al Akhali, the Yemeni rapper and hip-hop artist known as YemeKnight shares insights about hip hop culture in Yemen. He tells us how hip-hop culture came to Yemen and how Yemen influenced him as a poet and as a deep thinker. Emad tells us that Yemenis get a “hit of reality” early as they are confronted with issues of life and death at a young a…
 
Nada Al Ahdal began her activism in 2013 when she was 10 years old by refusing to be a victim of under-age marriage. She fled home to avoid an arranged marriage at the age of 11 and has since established a foundation for the protection of children's rights. Nada has been nominated for the Nobel Prize for Children and works on a myriad of issues thr…
 
Nasser Arrabyee, a veteran journalist, has spent the last 20 years telling the stories of Yemenis, including the Yemenis held by the United States in Guantánamo prison who have never been given due process or brought to trial. This includes the story of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, one Yemeni held at Guantanamo who actually was recommended for release…
 
Thuraya Dammag represented the Independent Women at the National Dialogue Conference that followed Yemen’s revolution. She was also the coordinator for the International Federation of Reporters in Yemen and has worked as a reporter and editor for many media outlets including the Saba News agency, and many news websites and local newspapers. Current…
 
Haifa Subai portrays the devastating effects of war in her art on the streets of Yemen. Influenced by the armed conflict she has witnessed in her country since the start of the Arab Spring until now, Haifa launched an advocacy campaign called Silent Victims, which highlights women’s and children’s issues in the time of war. Her special exhibition c…
 
Shiran Avraham is an Israeli singer-songwriter with Yemeni roots. Avraham talks about her grandmother’s journey from Yemen to Israel and how the stories her family told her about Yemen impacted her identity and her work. Although she found it difficult to connect with Arabic music while her peers were listening to the modern pop music of the 90s, s…
 
Ruba Nasr is a multilingual singer and songwriter from Aden. She sings in Turkish, French, English and is now working on a modern take of Yemeni folk songs. Ruba’s journey started when she was encouraged by a teacher who overheard her singing during her lunch break at school and now Ruba finds encouragement from an emerging community of Yemeni arti…
 
Alaa shares about her personal journey growing up in Yemen and eventually founding the Yemeni Feminist Movement. Frustration over women being consistently sidelined through Yemen’s political uprisings and war, as well as the toxic relationships between men and women in Yemen, inspired Alaa to take action. She calls us all, and especially Yemeni fam…
 
Mazen has just under a quarter of a million subscribers on YOUTUBE. He shares with us his journey from filming on his smart phone, to now working on his weekly show called “Fiuz” at Sadeem Studios. Mazen says sometimes his messaging can be counter culture and an uphill struggle, and his messaging can sometimes come with risks to him and his team. Y…
 
Nadine Das is a fashion and beauty influencer from Yemen with over 100,000 followers on Instagram, found at @Nadinedasofficial. Nadine also has a PhD in Linguistics and she runs a software business hand in hand with her husband in India. In this episode, we hear about Nadine’s journey and the struggles and challenges she overcomes to achieve her dr…
 
Rania shares the story of Amani, who works in the hygiene section of a hospital, and the struggle she has to put food on the table for her family. Rania emphasizes the importance of giving these essential workers stability and proper protective equipment as they are a crucial backbone for all Yemenis in the fight against COVID-19. Rania also walks …
 
Rania is originally from Al Hudaydah and went from volunteering to make sandwiches for students at a local school to managing her own local initiative. She talks to us about the challenges of doing aid work in Yemen and why vulnerable Yemenis often don’t trust humanitarian organizations. Rania speaks frankly about her real challenges in light of a …
 
Mr. Nazar Haitham, spokesperson for the Southern Transitional Council (STC), updates us on why the STC declared self-governance after previously signing the power-sharing Riyadh Agreement, negotiated between the STC and Yemen’s Saudi-backed government. He also discusses whether the conflict engulfing Yemen for the last five years has been a civil w…
 
Abdu B tells us about growing up in Yemen where he was discouraged from studying music. Nevertheless, Abdu shares that he was always impressed by music and it was always within him. After war broke out in Yemen in 2015, Abdu traveled to Europe to pursue his dreams and this week released the single, “All I Want” with the support of Seth Goodwin a pr…
 
Kamal takes us with him to experience life in a Yemeni village, where due to water shortage parents often have to make hard decisions between their family’s health, or water for other domestic uses. Kamal speaks to us in Episode 8 about the challenges that Yemenis face in rural areas in order to follow the two key practices that help stop the sprea…
 
Wash your hands to fight COVID-19, you say? Well, the United Nations (UN) says 17.8 million Yemenis require support to meet their basic water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs. They can’t wash their hands when they don’t have water. Meanwhile they are already battling what the World Health Organization states to be the largest and fastest spread…
 
Entisar walks miles to gather plants and herbs to feed her children, as she has no source of income. Hear how Malak and her team are distributing food aid to women like Entisar and literally saving lives. Malak also shares about another lifesaving response in a rural area, made possible by a health clinic built in a container that was shipped from …
 
Gamal shares about volunteering as a nurse during the war for Aden in 2015, and the challenges he overcame afterwards to become a singer and form a band called "Mo.X.Gemo". Through his music he wants to inspire Yemeni youth to develop themselves and be a part of re-building the country using the arts. For more info Email: Alex@YemenNews.org…
 
Ashraf, a Yemeni producer living in the diaspora shares about how media is playing a role in encouraging Yemenis to reconcile. He says there is life in the midst of the war and shares with us how Yemeni women are leading grassroots peace building initiatives. For more info: Email: Alex@YemenNews.org Instagram: YnewsAW…
 
We spoke to Malak who is from Taiz, a city in the central region of Yemen. Taiz has been under siege for the last 5 years. Malak shared with us her tragic loss and how she has been responding to past Dengue Fever and Cholera outbreaks. She is currently working for a local NGO, assisting to clear containers and distribute much needed supplies to the…
 
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