Masam joins new international campaign to highlight community resilience in Yemen

The photo of Ayyash Mohammad was chosen to illustrate resilience in Yemen

Project Masam has joined a new campaign to highlight the breadth and depth of Yemeni projects and individuals working for peace.

The campaign is led by the Yemen Policy Center, an independent think tank established in 2020 by a group of Yemeni and German researchers associated with the Yemen Polling Center, a Yemeni NGO, headquartered in Taiz, southwest Yemen.

To launch this new campaign, international partners and Yemeni partners are encouraged to post a picture of Yemen that represents the country’s strengths and resilience, on social media. Project Masam chose to share the photo of young landmine survivor Ayyash Mohammad, whose wish is to become a doctor to help other injured Yemenis in his community.

Other activities aiming at shifting the discourse about Yemen will include a webinar ‘Reclaiming the Narrative: The Problematic Presentation of Yemen in Western Media‘ which will take place on 5 August 2021. The campaign is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Project Masam has been carrying out its humanitarian mine clearance activities in Yemen since mid- 2018. Since it first entered Yemen in June 2018, Project Masam has located and destroyed 265,037 explosive devices including 3,991 banned anti-personnel mines, 84,839 anti-tank mines, 6,081 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and 170,126 unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Yemeni liberated areas (as at 31 July 2021).