Monday, April 5, 2010

yemen in our hearts

"Oh Lord, protect our Yemen," says this poster. The little boy is part of a government campaign to encourage Yemenis in Sana'a to be more patriotic. At the capital's main intersections, peddlers sell small Yemeni flags and flag-themed tissue boxes with the word "unity" printed all over them.

The tissue boxes, produced by "Shen Zhen for trading" and made in a "united Yemen," are inscribed with catchy phrases in love of the nation. "May every day come, and the nation be in a thousand well-beings," one says. "Complete trust," goes another. "In our unity is our pride," says a third. Only "Perfumed ... soft ... strong..." leaves the tissue user a little perplexed. The tissues definitely have no scent.

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