Symbols on the wall (29) - a little square in Sanaa

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Share this page photo: © 2007 Marjolein Katsma | text: © 2010 Marjolein Katsma


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green, orange, travel, politics, icon, brick, banner, decorations, president, yemen, sanaa, elections, schoolboys, rearing horse, saleh, checkmark


This image is part of Symbols on the wall – a “documentary” on the walls of Yemen and things attached to walls. Please read the Introduction first!

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A few of the beautiful Sana’a-style houses on a little square in Sana’a, typical with the lower level built from blocks of stone, quite plain because they’re for storage (or shops) only, while the upper stories are for living quarters and made of brick, richly decorated not only around the windows, but also in-between, and between the floors.

In the middle of the square a group of schoolboys (recognizable by their green uniforms) is gathering, just out of school.

Reassuringly, a now-familiar image of president Saleh looks on, though here from a banner rather than a poster – yet another thing we haven’t seen before:

President Saleh on a banner instead of a poster, in Sana'a

But what of the orange banner below it? Is it advertising for the shop in the building, or is it political propaganda? I do not read Arabic, so I have no idea. Mr. Saleh is more prominently present here on the walls of the capital, though.

Taken in Sana’a, Yemen 2007
Camera: Fuji Finepix F30

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