2003 Photo Contest, Daily Life, 2nd prize

Joachim Ladefoged

Agence Vu for Geo

24 April, 2002

Boys, reflected in the windscreen of a parked car, play in the streets. Once at the crossroads of ancient spice routes, Yemen has for centuries been a meeting-point for Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The country maintains much of its tribal character and many traditional ways. Blood feuds and vendettas between rival family groups still arouse local passions, and a number of foreigners have been kidnapped by groups making demands on the authorities. The Yemeni government has expressed support for the American campaign against terrorism, yet on the streets there have been public protests against such issues as Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories.

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Joachim Ladefoged

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