Happy Yemen Face in Pictures

  • Occupying 222,500 square meters, the largest mosque in Yemen has been recently built. It followed the distinctive Yemeni architectural style, inspired by the style of the Grand Mosque in Sana’a built by the Caliph Ali bin Abu Talib in the sixth century A.D. Adorned with magnificent wooden crafts, this mosque is an outstanding landmark and an artistic masterpiece, with its ornaments and inscriptions in Arabic. 13 March 2020
    Robert Nakhla / ICRC
  • In mountainous areas in Yemen, one can experience the four seasons of the year in a single day, albeit moderately. A day may start with cold and fog, but as the sun rises it becomes warmer. Between coldness and warmness the weather keeps changing all day, as if it is a fifth unique season continuing all the year. Dhamar, 23 April 2020
    Robert Nakhla / ICRC
  • Hijra village is one of many mountain villages that characterize Manakhah city and other areas on mountain ranges in Yemen. These villages are located on such high levels that climbers can see clouds beneath them. Manakhah heights are all covered with steps full of a variety of crops, especially coffee trees. 15 November 2010
    Patrick Bourjouis / ICRC
  • In the village of Hijra, an old man stands in front of one of the bazaars that used to sell souvenirs and gifts to tourists when Yemen was once a lively tourist destination. But when the armed conflict started, Yemen plunged into a deep recession. Hijra is one of the oldest villages in this area and is the birthplace of Arwa, daughter of Ahmed Al Sulayhi the most famous king of Yemen in Islamic history. Many monuments that date back to the Sulayhid state are still in this village. Its people are famous for their kindness, generosity, and reliability. 12 November 2020
    Patrick Bourjouis / ICRC
  • A seller in ancient Sanaa displays Yemeni agate rings. Agate is many kinds of silica rocks. Yemeni agate is one of its best kinds for it is characterized by its fewer impurities and its various forms and colors. Agate is extracted from several places in Yemen and is used in manufacturing jewelry since ancient Yemeni civilizations. There are myths about the supernatural powers of agate, such as being used for protection from jinn, envy, and different diseases, as well as being a source of bringing love, luck and health. 2 March 2014
    Ali Al Sonaidar / ICRC
  • Women in the traditional clothing of Tihamah in Al Hudaydah. Yemeni women actively contribute to rural life and do agricultural activities, plow the fields, grazing cattle, and bring water. They are also the living memory of Yemeni traditional tales and songs; they transfer such heritage from one generation to another to keep it green in memory. 29 December 2020
    Khaled Al Thawr / ICRC
  • A pool in « Hababah » for storing rain on which Yemenis rely as a main source of water. Yemen is considered a unique exception among an ancient civilization that flourished near rivers; Yemenis could adapt to this harsh natural environment and gather waters behind dams and in reservoirs, such as Marib Dam and Aden Dam, and control paths of torrents. 3 December 2010
    Patrick Bourjouis / ICRC
  • Haraz area embraces villages 3000 meters above sea level. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, the whole area contains natural, cultural, and historical landmarks. It is a mountainous area adjacent to the western Yemeni coast on the Red sea. Ancient Yemenis built their villages on high mountains in order to protect themselves from wild animals and invaders. 10 December 2010
    Patrick Bourjouis / ICRC
  • Yemen's coastline, stretching over about 2,500 km, is very rich in marine life, and there are more than 350 species of fish and other marine life. That is why many Yemeni families live on their catch of fish, which is called "fishing" in the local dialect; its markets are spread in all Yemeni cities. November 4, 2010
    Patrick Bourjouis / ICRC
  • Yemeni fishermen do not have modern equipment, but they take good care of their simple boats, go fishing early and sail long distances to reach the finest type of fish. They do not return to land before sunset to sell their catch. November 4, 2010
    Patrick Bourjouis / ICRC
  • Bani Matar Waterfall is a family outlet for the residents of the Sana’a Governorate who come for picnics. They like to lie on the grounds or set up their colorful tents. Several boats chartered by families roam the waters around the dam. June 10, 2019
    Qusai Al Moayad / ICRC
  • A large number of women with disabilities participated in the women's wheelchair basketball tournament – which was held by the International Committee of the Red Cross in cooperation with the General Federation of Sports for People with Disabilities. December 15, 2019
    Wagdi Al Maqtari / ICRC
  • In one of the copper shops in the old markets of Sana'a a boy processes copper for making the Yemeni hookah. The copper industry is one of the most prominent traditional handicrafts, which goes back to the era of the Himyarite state. It includes jugs, utensils, cups, household items, lanterns, perfume sprinklers, and makeup tools, as well as incense burners and candlesticks. November 30, 2010
    Patrick Bourjouis / ICRC
  • A traditional store offering nuts and sweets in the Salt Market in Old Sana'a. The local raisins and almonds are the finest among these goods. Yemeni almonds and raisins are not only of superior quality but are also closely linked to some occasions on top of which are the rituals of the marriage ceremony, where some raisins and almonds are thrown on people attending the ceremony. Attendees compete to get the largest possible quantity of such sweets and nuts. November 15, 2010
    Patrick Bourjouis / ICRC
  • A fishing boat on the island of Socotra is ready to embark on a tour in search of fish. November 18, 2010
    Patrick Bourjouis / ICRC
  • Wadi Dawan is one of the valleys of Hadhramut, and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yemen. It is characterized by a special architectural style; its houses and colorful palaces are made of mud. Here, the finest type of honey in Yemen and the whole world, the expensive Al-Sidr honey, is produced. September 25, 2010
    Patrick Bourjouis / ICRC
  • Preparing tea in a remote village house in Taiz at noon. Yemenis make tea using the old method – firewood that gives it a distinct flavor. Yemenis mix tea with cloves and cardamom and boil the mixture for a long time to give it a pleasant aroma. The picture also shows the clay oven called "mafi", which is used to make bread. The mafi is usually located in an open area of the house and is sometimes located in a separate place from the kitchen.
    Wagdi Al Maqtari / ICRC
  • During Eid children in Taiz put on their best clothes; they go with adults to visit their relatives and neighbors, where they are given the "Eideyya" – cash money given to them by adults in celebration of Eid. Children use such money to buy sweets, toys, and crackers. August 21, 2018
    Khalid Al Saeed / ICRC
  • The Golden Coast in Aden or "Gold Moore" as it was called during the British occupation. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the city. It was thus named because of the color of its waters that reflect the sunlight at sunset. It is characterized by its clear water and soft sand.
    Wagdi Al Maqtari / ICRC
13 December 2020

Images of war and human suffering in Yemen are almost the only things presented to us by the media in recent times. Although the crisis in Yemen is a real tragedy that has been unfolding for the past six years and its effects are very dire on the lives of Yemenis, yet there is another aspect in which the Yemenis show great ability to adapt, overcome difficulties and go on in life despite the great challenges. Yemenis have shown great examples of courage, solidarity, and cooperation.

In this photo album, we are displaying some aspects of the beauty of Yemen as seen by our field officers, who could not help but take photos of such beauties to save something for us to share with all the world.