30 Mar 2014 04:00
Surrounded by al-Houthi militias in the north and neglected by the government in the south most people have to look after themselves. Clan affiliation and tradition is strong outside the cities in today’s Yemen. Here lies the community of a connectedness to their own group. When most of law and order have disappeared people rely on the village and the family who create its own laws and rules of life.
Nassir, a farmer west of the city of Aden, doesn’t want to talk about the kidnappings, blackmail and possession of weapons that has become synonymous with the country’s clan-controlled countryside. Instead, he talks about the family’s struggle to survive in the rugged terrain. Before wheat was grown in the fields, but now it’s too dry to even grow fodder for goats.
"It is no longer profitable to feed them. All the money we earn from selling their meat and milk is spent buying pasture."