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Reading for Charity: Yemen

Reading for Charity: Yemen

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For April 2024, we are amplifying the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. After nine years of war, Yemen remains one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. An estimated 4.5 million people—14 percent of the population—are currently displaced, most of whom have been displaced multiple times over a number of years.

Access to Yemeni literature for English-speaking readers is limited, so it was a challenging finding titles for you this month. But I'm happy to have found two that I believe will be amazing and powerful reads.

  1. The Wild Fox of Yemen: Poems by Threa Almontaser
  2. The Fox Hunt: A Memoir of Yemen and my Odyssey to America by Mohammed Al Samawi

20% of all sales from these titles will be donated to Yemen Aid, a nonprofit organization based in both the US and Yemen. Founded by Yemeni-Americans, the mission of Yemen Aid is to ensure the "Every Yemeni is self-sufficient and has access to clean water, healthcare, education and economic opportunities."

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ABOUT THESE BOOKS BY YEMENI AUTHORS

The Wild Fox of Yemen: Poems by Threa Almontaser (Paperback)

By turns aggressively reckless and fiercely protective, always guided by faith and ancestry, Threa Almontaser's incendiary debut asks how mistranslation can be a form of self-knowledge and survival. A love letter to the country and people of Yemen, a portrait of young Muslim womanhood in New York after 9/11, and an extraordinarily composed examination of what it means to carry in the body the echoes of what came before, Almontaser's polyvocal collection sneaks artifacts to and from worlds, repurposing language and adapting to the space between cultures. Half-crunk and hungry, speakers move with the force of what cannot be contained by the limits of the American imagination, and instead invest in troublemaking and trickery, navigate imperial violence across multiple accents and anthems, and apply gang signs in henna, utilizing any means necessary to form a semblance of home. In doing so, The Wild Fox of Yemen fearlessly rides the tension between carnality and tenderness in the unruly human spirit.

The Fox Hunt: A Memoir of Yemen and my Odyssey to America by Mohammed Al Samawi (Paperback)

Born in the Old City of Sana'a, Yemen, to a pair of middle-class doctors, Mohammed Al Samawi was a devout Muslim raised to think of Christians and Jews as his enemy. But when Mohammed was twenty-three, he secretly received a copy of the Bible, and what he read cast doubt on everything he'd previously believed. After connecting with Jews and Christians on social media, and at various international interfaith conferences, Mohammed became an activist, making it his mission to promote dialogue and cooperation in Yemen.

Then came the death threats: first on Facebook, then through terrifying anonymous phone calls. To protect himself and his family, Mohammed fled to the southern port city of Aden. He had no way of knowing that Aden was about to become the heart of a north-south civil war, and the battleground for a well-funded proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. As gunfire and grenades exploded throughout the city, Mohammed hid in the bathroom of his apartment and desperately appealed to his contacts on Facebook.

Miraculously, a handful of people he barely knew responded. Over thirteen days, four ordinary young people with zero experience in diplomacy or military exfiltration worked across six technology platforms and ten time zones to save this innocent young man trapped between deadly forces-- rebel fighters from the north and Al Qaeda operatives from the south.

The story of an improbable escape as riveting as the best page-turning thrillers, The Fox Hunt reminds us that goodness and decency can triumph in the darkest circumstances.

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