Yemen's mini-libraries: 'a candle in the dark'
Yemen's mini-libraries: 'a candle in the dark'

“It is lighting a candle in the dark,” says Fawzi al-Ghoudi in Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sanaa, of his initiative to reignite people’s interest in books, as an escape from the grimness of war.The idea for the “Yemen Reads” campaign is simple — to establish mini-libraries across the city where people can borrow books for free, the 30-year-old told AFP.The initiative dates back to 2013, a year before the Iran-backed Huthi rebels seized control of Sanaa, igniting an all-out war with the government which is supported by a Saudi-led military coalition.Many of the project’s volunteers escaped at t…

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