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Yemeni Blacks Devastated by Poverty, War

Among the poorest of the poor in Yemen are Yemeni blacks, set aside from society in what lingers of an ancient, now-defunct caste system. After more than six months of bombings, aid workers say Yemeni blacks - roughly 20,000 people in the capital alone - have become invisible victims of a war in which they have no side.   “They are streets cleaners, simple people,” said Sheik Majid al-Jamal, 35, a local community leader in the Sawan district in Sana’a. “The ground is their mattress...

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