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Sumaya Saleem

Sumaya Saleem is a human rights activist from Abyan and works as a psycho-social support worker with the Social Fund for Development. She has researched gender-based violence relating to Muhammasheen women in Abyan, and has worked as a researcher with the IOM and as an observer with the Abyan Youth Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of Education in Zinjibar.

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Bringing Forth the Voices of Muhammasheen

July 13, 2021
The Muhammasheen, meaning “the marginalized,” is an ascriptive term designating a group of Yemenis who were traditionally called (literally meaning “the servants”). Membership in this ethnic minority is hereditary, associated with certain types of occupations, and in traditional Yemeni social structures its members are considered ‘weak’ and lack…