A governorate, once considered far away and isolated from conflict, is now in the midst of a political storm and social crisis due to the prevalence of drug use. Al-Ghaydah (the Capital city of Al-Mahra governorate) has become a brisk market for drug trade and use, and almost everyone can now easily access “Shabo”. Despite the increasing number of addicts, there is lack of rehabilitation centers which represents a significant dilemma for the Mahri community.
In this episode of the Yemen Brief podcast, we host Khadija Bakrit, the Assistant Undersecretary for Women’s Affairs in Al- Mahra, Azzan al-Qumairi, an Activist and former director of public relations at the governorate office, Captain Aref Al-Awbthany, who is in charge of the Counter Narcotics Division in the Criminal Investigation Department of Al-Mahra Governorate, and Doctor Abdul Qadir Bayazid, who specializes in treating addiction.
Prepared and presented by: Murad Al Arifi
This episode was produced as part of a project exploring alternative methodologies for supporting peace in Yemen being implemented by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and Saferworld.
The Yemen Brief is a Sana’a Center podcast where listeners can turn to for informed insights about Yemen and the surrounding region. Launched in April 2021, the podcast features episodes in both English and Arabic with subtitles.