Despite pressing humanitarian concerns, Yemenis live up to their reputation for hospitality. Lights are strung between buildings to signify a wedding; a tent nearby will hold hundreds of guests, all of whom feast to exhaustion and chew the finest qat affordable. To meet a Yemeni is to be invited to their wedding, and to be invited is to be received as guest of honour. They were a people unrivalled in the eyes of the Prophet Mohammed, who pronounced that “faith is Yemeni, wisdom is Yemeni.”
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