Yemen - Turbah - Landscape photo

Yemen – Beyond the headlines

In recent years, Yemen has sadly become synonymous with conflict, humanitarian crises, and political instability. The headlines often paint a bleak picture of the country, focusing primarily on the ongoing civil war and its devastating consequences. However, there’s much more to Yemen than meets the eye. Beneath the surface of conflict lies a nation rich in history, culture, and resilience.




World Food Programme


Aden, Taiz, Turbah, Mukallah, Marib


Voiceover by Hallie Black, Kubahan Ryan Giambrone, Shreya Mukherjee (WFP)
Script by Naila Sattar, Hallie Black, Shreya Mukherjee (WFP)
Additional footage from WFP partners in Yemen

A Land of Ancient Civilization

Yemen is often referred to as the “Cradle of Civilization,” owing to its rich historical heritage. Its ancient cities, such as Sana’a, Shibam, and Zabid, boast breathtaking architecture that dates back centuries. The Old City of Sana’a, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for its towering mud-brick buildings adorned with intricate geometric patterns—a testament to the craftsmanship of its inhabitants.

Cultural Diversity and Traditions

Yemen is a melting pot of cultures, languages, and traditions. The country is home to various ethnic groups, each with its own unique customs and practices. From the vibrant celebrations of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha to the traditional dances and music festivals, Yemeni culture is alive with color and vitality.

Resilient People and Hospitality

Despite the challenges they face, Yemenis are renowned for their resilience and hospitality. In the midst of conflict, communities come together to support one another, demonstrating strength in solidarity. Yemeni hospitality is legendary, with guests often being welcomed with open arms and treated to generous servings of traditional dishes like mandi, salta, and fahsa.


Environmental Diversity

Yemen’s landscapes are as diverse as its people. From the rugged mountains of the Haraz and Sarawat ranges to the pristine beaches along the Red Sea and Arabian Sea coasts, Yemen offers a wealth of natural beauty. The Socotra archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to unique flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and researchers alike.


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