YEMEN/ AL YAMAN

In Middle East, narrow coastal plain backed by flat-topped hills and rugged mountains; dissected desert plains in center slope into desert interior of Arabian peninsula. 527,970km2 (slightly > 2x WY) 3% arable.

Capital Sanaa (2M)
Population 23M (43.6/km2)
Life expectancy 50 years
HIV/AIDS .1%
Literacy 53%
Lang(s) Arabic
Religions Muslim
Ethnic Groups predominately Arab; Afro-Arab, South Asians, Europeans
Gov’t Republic
GDP/cap $2,600
PCVs 1973-1994; health, education (TTD: 564)
Nat’l holiday Unification Day, 22 May (1990)


Focus word for 2010 - “Justice”

Arabic: adalah (ahh-dah-lah)


Books

Motoring with Mohammed: Journeys to Yemen and the Red Sea
by Eric Hansen
Book Description
An enthralling portrait -- uncannily sympathetic and wildly offbeat -- of this forgotten corner of the Middle East. Reveals the indelible allure of a land steeped in custom, conflicts old and new, and uncommon beauty.


Kids' Books

The Enchanted Lake
by Jamil, Leena
32pp, D5.99 pbk. Pont
Ages 5 to 8.


Music

Yemen Tihama
Trance and Dance Music from Red Sea
Various Artists
Topic


Films

A New Day in Old Sana'a (Bader Ben Hirsi)


Recipes

Qishr/Ginger Coffee
Banadura Salata B’Kizbara/Tomato and Coriander Salad