Yumpin’ Yemeni

There are certain pictures that scream Yemen. Take a look below. Mouthful of khat? Check. Curved dagger? Yup. An old, junky rifle? You bet:

Tribesman checks a firearm he was buying from a shop at an arms market in Arhab, around 40 km (26 miles) north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Tribesman checks a firearm he was buying from a shop at an arms market in Arhab, around 40 km (26 miles) north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

2 thoughts on “Yumpin’ Yemeni

  1. The Yemen has ‘three score and ten’ markets dotted around, with the Jihana market being the ‘elite’ as well as the largest.

    Although modern weaponry holds the best price, there are some absolute classic weapons to be had, dating back a hundred years or more; of which hold no real value for the Yemenis. An absolute dream for the collectors here in the West.

    What is interesting are the amount of weapons that were smuggled out from Iraq that now hold pride of place within the markets, every thing from 23mm x 4 anti/aircraft cannons down to .22.

    Do not sigh, for your enemy will hear and rejoice, (old Yemeni proverb).

    Yours Aye.

    • While you could no doubt buy them in Jihana, getting them back home would present some serious problems! (I’ve read stories of SEALs and Marines caught smuggling AKs from the battlefield back home…)

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