Jeffrey Black | Middle East Diaries

Knives Out: Wadi Dhahr, 14th March 2008
March 14, 2008, 9:13 pm
Filed under: Yemen


When you are fourteen, you get the Jambia – a fearsome-looking weapon. There was a time when it wasn’t safe to go out without one. Things aren’t so bad now. But when your cousin or brother gets married, you unsheath the blade. And then you dance with it.


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When I was fourteen I got a bicycle, but I would have preferred a bloody great knife.

Comment by MC

I really like the photo but what are they doing in it? Is that a wedding dance?

Comment by Eman

Yep, it’s a wedding dance. Either that, or someone’s in trouble..

Comment by jeffblack

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