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FEATURE: Yemeni artisans soldier on in war

AFP, SANA’A

The artisan credits her father for encouraging her to fight for a place in her field.

In 2011, Faqih and a few of her peers pushed for women to be allowed into the male-dominated government vocational school. They succeeded and joined the graduating class of that year.

“There was some opposition, from men especially, that I do this job. My parents were supportive, though,” she said. “I went on because I love this. I love this craft. That’s the truth.”

The Yemen war has claimed nearly 10,000 lives since Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the government’s war against the Iran-backed Houthis.

The conflict has triggered what the UN says is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

Millions are trapped in a country at the brink of famine, as ports remain blockaded and the country’s main international airport is largely shut down.

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