• Short Summary

    THIS IS A TYPICAL VILLAGE OF NORTH YEMEN ... THE WIND SIGHING THROUGH A NATIVE?

  • Description

    THIS IS A TYPICAL VILLAGE OF NORTH YEMEN ... THE WIND SIGHING THROUGH A NATIVE FIR TREE ... ITS ARCHITECTURE SHOWING A COMBINATION OF INFLUENCES FROM THE ANCIENT CRAFT OF BUILDING WITH EARTH TO THE EFFECT OF EGYPTIAN BOMBS.

    THE GRAIN FIELDS, THE GRAPE ARBORS, THE RARE, TREASURED TREES, ARE IRRIGATED FROM WELLS OF A STYLE AS OLD AS MEMORY.

    NEAR ONE OLD WELL ... A REMINDER OF THE CONDITION OF LIFE TODAY -- AN UNEXPLODED EGYPTIAN BOMB.

    EXCEPT FOR THE NOMADIC BEDOU, THE PEOPLE OF NORTH YEMEN LIVE IN VILLAGES OF TALL HOUSES. THE SHEEP AND GOATS ARE KEPT ON THE GROUND FLOOR. A SPIRAL STAIRCASE LEADS TO LIVING QUARTERS ABOVE.

    THEY LIVE BY AGRICULTURE, IN A LAND WHERE A SEED HAS TO BE VERY BRAVE TO EVEN TRY.

    ISLAM IS THE RELIGION OF THE YEMEN, ALL ITS RULERS HAVE BEEN DESCENDANTS OF THE PROPHET, MOHAMED.

    THIS VILLAGE IS CALLED BOURGA. IT IS A ROYALIST VILLAGE. IT IS THE TEMPORARY RESIDENCE OF THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE KINGDOM OF YEMEN ... MOULAY SAIF OF ISLAM AL HASSAN, THE UNCLE OF THE KING. HE, TOO, LEAVES HOME IN THE MORNING, TO WALK ACROSS THE DESERT TO A CAVE PREPARED FOR HIS SAFETY, AND THAT OF HIS RETINUE, DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS.

    AL HASSAN IS IN CHARGE OF THE ROYALIST RESISTANCE IN THE EAST. HIS NEPHEW, THE KING, RUNS THE FIGHTING IN THE WEST. THE TWO FRONTS ARE DIVIDED BY AN EGYPTIAN - CONTROLLED HIGHWAY FROM YEMEN'S ANCIENT CAPITAL, SANA, TO THE NORTHERN OUTPOST OF SAADA. OUTSIDE HIS CAVE, PRIME MINISTER AL HASSAN RECEIVES REPORTS FROM TRIBAL LEADERS, AND UNIT COMMANDERS, OF AN IMPORTANT BATTLE FOR THE APPROACHES TO SAADA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA96C9PDSX8D3SWLO565N4J70TE
    Media URN:
    VLVA96C9PDSX8D3SWLO565N4J70TE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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