Foreigners in Yemen say terrorism and al-Qaida fears are blown out of proportion

Foreigners in Yemen say they have to go online to recall that the country is at war. They feel their surroundings are calm and normal, and that the issues highlighted by the Abdulmutallab terror attack are nothing new. Many are therefore taking the current issues with a grain of salt. All services are still in place. Many foreigners—students and workers—enjoy the history, architecture, and the hospitality.

“It’s a magical place in some ways, like landing on a different planet” says a Moldovan student.

Most foreigners live in the cities of Sana’a or Aden. Trips into the hills require government permission, which is difficult to get. The Saada province, where the country’s Shiite government rebellion is taking place, is off limits all together.

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