Photographer's Note

This is my third and last postcard from a nice city devastated by war in recent years.

This photo from 1998 shows the medieval Ashrafiya mosque (13th-14th century) in Taizz, the third largest city of Yemen. Judging from the rather sketchy reports from the war that has plagued Yemen for the last few years Taizz is one of the cities that have suffered from the worst destruction and human misery.

Among the more than 90 countries I have visited, Yemen remains one of the nicest. It's definitely among the top five. And of all the places I saw in Yemen, Taizz was probably the best. I noted in my diary that people were exceptionally friendly and cheerful and greeted me in the streets for no other reason than to make me feel welcome.

The Ashrafiya mosque is no longer used, but it would have been possible for me to get inside, maybe even to climb one of the minarets, if the imam supervising the mosque had been available. Two small boys who tried to fetch the key told me the imam was having lunch and wouldn't be disturbed. I could only have a look inside through a window.

Here is a larger version.

As a reminder of how nice this city was I will show a workshop of a lovely girl I met in a street and another one of three cute kids. All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

Long ago I posted many other photos from Taizz, among them a friendly boy in a shop, two brothers in a fish-store, and a cheerful salesman.

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