I made a video of him beatboxing in Yemen. Western styles are showing up in conservative Yemen. When you were there, what was the mood of the country?
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It was just after the Arab spring. The tone was fairly optimistic. They were looking forward to a change in leadership, to things getting better. I feel absolutely horrible about what's going on now. I worry for my friends. The people there are really generous and really want a better life. All of the civilians I spoke with wanted peace; most people just want to be happy. But in all of these wars, so many people are caught in the crossfire.
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The old city of Sanaa is a World Heritage site. I photographed girls getting ready for school, wearing white headscarves. That's in the town of Sadah. Six members of their family sleep in the one room that's left of their house, which was pretty much in rubble from the fighting between the government and the Houthis [the Shiite rebels who have been fighting against the government].
The girls were lovely. One of the little girls made a toy house out of Styrofoam and had colored it and she gave it to me as a gift. I still have that. That's kind of ironic because her family's house had been [practically] destroyed but she gave me this little house.
Girls in Sadah get ready for school. I have to ask about qat — the mildly narcotic leaf that Yemenis love to chew. Chewing qat is part of society. You have to get all the work you need to get done before Then people break for lunch and right after lunch they go get their qat. They buy the qat, they break the leaves off and make a pile and start chewing. This can happen until the wee hours. The women tend to not chew qat, but almost every man I met chews — and this is a male-dominated society. Of course I tried it.
How could I not? It's such a big part of society and it's legal.
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It's a way to bond with people in the way that they bond. But for the past four years, the region's biggest export has been an outflow of traumatized people — and a generation of kids who haven't been inside a classroom for years. The family would number 13, but their oldest son, Hassan, was shot in the neck by a sniper as he was leaving school in Daraa in April, The family fled Syria soon afterward. They can't name a single city. Hala, their year-old daughter, injects some hope with a few words of English she learned back in school in Syria: What is your name?
My name is Hala," she recites, as her parents smile with pride. But Hala, who dreams of being a doctor, hasn't been to school since the family reached Jordan in early We can't afford that. Asked what he hoped would be different in Canada, Kamal gives a quick answer: His wife, Nisreen, silent until now and heavily pregnant with another child, interjects.
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