Monday, December 28, 2009

You say Sana'a, I say Sad'ah

Many people have expressed their concerns about recent events in Yemen, specifically mentioning U.S. news stories that mention unrest in northern Sana'a, Yemen. The problem is that reporters are sometimes confusing names, as well as muddying the differences between cities and governorates (the Yemeni equivalent of "states"). The city of Sana'a is situated in the center of the Sana'a governorate. There has been some problems in the north of the governorate, but there have been no problems in the city. The northern part of the governorate, by the way, is hours away from the city. At the same time, the unrest in Yemen is located in the northern governorate of Sa'dah, which news reports sometimes get wrong as Sana'a. I've thrown a couple maps into this post to better clarify the topography of Yemen.
Best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Dan,

    Glad to see that you're both doing well and having a good time in San'aa. Are there any updates on how the situation is like now in San'aa, especially since Obama explicitly mentioned the terrorist training in Yemen and the strikes against them. I'm sure we all hope that it doesn't turn out to be another Afghanistan, but I just wanted to ask you what the word is on the ground.

    Happy New Year!