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Great Wanda1 2014-01-21 1:38

Hi Gert,
It seems like the main form of transport is the pick up van ;-) .The buildings blend in with the surrounding landscape but seem small in comparison to the hillside that overlooks it. An image worth seeing.
I was reading in our newspaper that a South African man has recently been kidnapped in Yemen and is soon to be executed if the family can not raise the money. It seems like a more peaceful place when you visited there.

Old 01-21-2014, 10:50 AM
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Thanks Wanda,
Actually there were a number of kidnappings in those days too, but usually of a different kind. Local clans used to capture tourists to pressure the government to provide them with the electricity or water or new road they had promised during the election campaigns. They calculated that a public embarrassment to the government would be their best argument. There were hardly ever any threats of executions or demands on the victims' families in those "good old" days before al-Qaeda and general lawlessness.
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