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Crawling sands - desertification threatens Yemeni village03:43

Crawling sands - desertification threatens Yemeni village

Yemen, Al-Wara
February 23, 2021 at 16:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

Desertification has been taking its toll on pastures and land around the south-western Yemeni village of al-Wara, Lahj province, as filmed on Monday.

Sand dunes could be seen encroaching land normally reserved for dwellings and pastures.

"I had to leave three houses because of the sand's encroachment," said villager Obaid Ghawarah. "TV channels and many organisations visited us, and we did not benefit with anything from them. Even the government did nothing for us but monitor the situation and go."

"The sand has caused us a lot of suffering, especially during windy seasons," said villager Hassan Jafar Atef. "When household gas ends we resort to cooking with firewood in the house's yard. When the wind comes, women serve you food with dirt on it."

According to reports, forestry in Yemen has been in decline as people have increasingly been turning to firewood due to the high cost of fuel, with over 800,000 trees estimated to be cut every year.

Crawling sands - desertification threatens Yemeni village03:43
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Desertification has been taking its toll on pastures and land around the south-western Yemeni village of al-Wara, Lahj province, as filmed on Monday.

Sand dunes could be seen encroaching land normally reserved for dwellings and pastures.

"I had to leave three houses because of the sand's encroachment," said villager Obaid Ghawarah. "TV channels and many organisations visited us, and we did not benefit with anything from them. Even the government did nothing for us but monitor the situation and go."

"The sand has caused us a lot of suffering, especially during windy seasons," said villager Hassan Jafar Atef. "When household gas ends we resort to cooking with firewood in the house's yard. When the wind comes, women serve you food with dirt on it."

According to reports, forestry in Yemen has been in decline as people have increasingly been turning to firewood due to the high cost of fuel, with over 800,000 trees estimated to be cut every year.