The young girl pictured belongs to the Karen tribe, an ethnic minority in Thailand and Burma (Myanmar). I love their colorful clothes; they remind me of similar traditional clothes I’ve seen in Yemen.
Mira Baz is a Lebanese writer and traveler who lived in Yemen for over eight years between 2001 and 2011, teaching English, writing about various social and cultural topics, and photographing Yemenis in their daily lives. Being a woman and speaking Lebanese Arabic as her native language helped her get to know the country, the people and the women’s segregated world in depth.
Her blog The Bohemian and The Bulbul includes a series on her life in Yemen titled Yemen Journey: A personal narrative of my life in Yemen.
She knew little about Yemen when she moved to this impoverished country in southern Arabia. She’d heard about it in the news and read an article in National Geographic on qat, the leaf with mildly intoxicating effects that is a social glue. The recurring question she has to answer about living in Yemen is “Why?” – the country is struggling with poverty and internal discord as well as terrorists adopting it as a safe haven. Because it’s mysterious, Yemen is sometimes misunderstood. Its troubles often overshadow its beauty, its architecture, its history, and its people’s hospitality and friendliness. The writer is still appreciating the many reasons to explore this little-known, complex, fascinating country – most more than meets the eye.
Yemen doesn’t give up its secrets easily, but the journey’s worth it.
All photos on the website are property of Mira Baz, unless otherwise noted.
Posted on August 15, 2008 - by Mira
Chilling out in the afternoon in the Old City, Sana’a, Yemen
Posted on August 3, 2011 - by mira
A flower and vegetable market in Bangkok, Thailand.
A woman makes flower garlands on a sidewalk in Bangkok, Thailand. Garlands (Thai: Phuang Malai) are bought for different purposes, such as for good luck, safety, or for offerings at Buddhist shrines and temples.
A salesman looks at his phone in a special display booth for a brand of men’s denims in a Bangkok mall, Thailand. Bangkok malls and Bangkok “sois” (alleys) are very different experiences, showing the many facets of this city.