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Yemen: voices of the Akhdam minority
I'm Sami Al-Naggar, head of All Youth Network in Yemen. I belong to an ethnic minority called Akhdam, in fact I am an ambitious young man looking for freedom, which is stolen from me because I am my own machine, an ethnic minority of African origin. All forms of discrimination and exclusion is practiced against me and against my brothers, but despite this I hope that I help myself and my family practice to combat racism against us by the government and society as a whole.
Extract on the Akhdam minority from MRG's Online Directory on Minorities and Indigenous Peoples (added by MInority Voices Newsroom Admin)
'Yemenis are overwhelmingly ethnic Arab and Afro-Arab. The black Akhdam (‘servant’ in Arabic) ethnic minority does not belong to any of the three main Arab tribes in the country. It is estimated to comprise 2-5 per cent of the population and is thought to have descended either from African slaves or sixth-century Ethiopian invaders. Akhdam live largely isolated and in poverty on the margins of Yemen’s cities, and face chronic societal discrimination. Few Akhdam children attend school'
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