Comments for en-gb 30 Fri 26 Dec 2014 07:42:16 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at crotoy Wonderful reporting Hugh, you let us meet the real people and must do more good for Britain than any diplomat or politician. Sun 31 Jan 2010 15:50:39 GMT+1 Moira I lived in Sanaa with my husband for 14 months as part of overseas survey team (1979-1980) it is a fascinating country with lovely people (most of the time!). In those days we were lucky enough to be able to travel around and stayed mostly in tents both on the costal strip (Tihama) or in the mountains and we received hospitality in many vilages it is such a shame that now I hear it is almost impossible to leave Sana'a in safety. The country could have great potential, it used to grow coffee and other such useful exports (the town of Mocha still exists) but due to tribal influences and other such things ( such as the growth of Qat)coffee is not longer grown there. It was lovely to see photos of Sanaa in the present day and to know that those buildings are stil standing! Sun 31 Jan 2010 13:30:02 GMT+1 Big Sister My 16: Oops! for 'great' read 'greater' ;o) Thu 28 Jan 2010 09:12:50 GMT+1 Lady_Sue Another wonderful report Hugh, thank you - I could listen to you all night. As Big Sister says, you've "hit the nail on the head" with your comment @15. How lovely to hear the laughter of children where you are writing. I note the streets seem so clean and wondered briefly if this is civic pride but suspect the poverty means simply that nothing is wasted or thoughtlessly discarded.If only we could find an answer to your question. I hope there's another report and more photos please! Thu 28 Jan 2010 03:35:46 GMT+1 U14309581 Thanks yet again, Hugh. Thu 28 Jan 2010 01:27:09 GMT+1 Big Sister You've hit the nail on the head, Hugh, as ever.I suspect, amidst all the adversity, there is great happiness there, on a day to day level, than here in our cold cocoons. Keep safe, and keep enjoying what you see. Wed 27 Jan 2010 22:53:47 GMT+1 Hugh Thanks again for the appreciative comments.I find this issue of happiness in poverty very confusing.There's a danger of romanticising it, but almost everywhere I've been where there is poverty there is also a vibrant sense of happiness....especially among children. Dharavi in Mumbai, south Teheran, Pakistan, Kashgar, Soweto, Umlazi former township in Durban, Maqaveni squatter camp in Kwa-Zulu-Natal, parts of Basra and Baghdad....I think climate helps - in warm or hot weather ther can be an energetic outdoor life with lots of play and lots of friends. And I'm sure another factor is strong loving families, and communities who look out for each other.Here in Sana'a I hear infectious giggling and happy shouting from children playing in the street wafting in through the open window almost all the time while I'm writing my scripts. Something, beyond the acute problems, must be right.A nurse in a Durban squatter camp said to me, "We are poor, but we must be happy. We have nothing else.""Sweet are the uses of adversity..."? But - how to improve living conditions without losing this precious quality of loving supportive humanity? Answers on a postcard. Wed 27 Jan 2010 19:10:27 GMT+1 Therese Lovely daytime pictures, Hugh! They remind us that the women all seemed to appear in the streets around 11.00am, but rarely at other times. Many people spoke at least a few words of English and all were friendly and keen to talk. We were wonderfully looked after by Omar, our driver, and Abdul, our market escort and currency exchange manager. Omar, who’d been in the British army, would point at camels, roar with laughter and say ‘Yemeni national transport corporation!’ We loved San’a, of course, and Hodeida, Aden and Mukalla, where we left our boat safely at anchor while we journeyed to the beautiful Hadramut. Yemen deserves better than its current lot. Therese Wed 27 Jan 2010 18:46:42 GMT+1 Poverty Your report and photographs reinforce my disbelief that the so-called "broken" UK society is due to poverty.Here we see real poverty and yet real friendliness and cheerfulness.This is how it was in the 1930s in this country when there was real poverty.It seemed to me in those days that poverty bred friendliness and these reports confirm my belief.Unfriendliness and belligerence is due to upbringing, not poverty. Wed 27 Jan 2010 16:17:43 GMT+1 JamesEC This man is a genius. Never do I tire of Hugh's work and his attention to detail is extraordinary. I imagine I'll never get to Yemen but Hugh's report made me feel as if I were actually there. In fact hearing it on the World Service this morning made me get up later than normal - I didn't want to miss a second of it. Wed 27 Jan 2010 15:56:47 GMT+1 H In May last year two colleagues and I spent a long weekend in Sana'a. Our friends thought we'd taken leave of our senses. As three fair-haired european women, we were certainly noticed as we walked through the old town. Everyone, men and women too, wanted to talk to us. "Hello. Where do you come from? What's your name? Do you like our country?" The children called "sora, sora", asking us to take their photograph. Like Hugh, we took many photographs (some of them from the roof of the same hotel). We felt very safe and very welcome and we had a wonderful weekend. I want to recommend Sana'a to my friends. I hope that the political situation will improve so that I can do so. Wed 27 Jan 2010 14:05:35 GMT+1 theotherdaughter Big Sis (7) you took my thoughts exactly - would love to visit somewhere so friendly, beautiful and with such a good climate. They tell me that in other places tourists use too much water though. Wed 27 Jan 2010 14:02:48 GMT+1 DoctorDolots The interviews were enchanting, amazing these kids speak English yet 'would rather be in school' Oil and water running out is a problem, especially the water as you can survive poverty, but not without food or water. Poor but happy seems to sum it up, money don't buy you love! Wed 27 Jan 2010 13:16:49 GMT+1 DiY Nice one Hugh.Thanks for the photos and last evenings report. Wed 27 Jan 2010 12:33:58 GMT+1 Big Sister Reading your words again (yes, I did hear the report!) raise many questions for me. This, as I think you said in your report, is such a paradise in many ways, and the innocence and trust of the people indicate a wonderful culture. Yet the issues to which you draw attention lead one to conclude that the Yemen is a potential powderkeg, and certainly heading for disaster.To my naive mind, this is a prime case for resources to be diverted from other areas, where perhaps our/US/other help is not sought and possibly resented, towards providing support to the Yemenis along 'small is beautiful' lines. It is clear from your interviews that this is a very resourceful nation, if somewhat short on resources. It also sounds and looks quite ravishingly beautiful and, while not a fan of an area being destroyed by tourism, possibly somewhere which could benefit from the income that some thoughtful tourism might bring in. I'd love to visit. Wed 27 Jan 2010 12:29:18 GMT+1 Sindy More like this please! Wed 27 Jan 2010 12:23:29 GMT+1 Anne P I'm convinced Hugh is the Pied Piper - he is always a magnet for the children. Lovely photos and what beautiful buildings. Thank you, Hugh. Wed 27 Jan 2010 12:20:17 GMT+1 gossipmistress What wonderful photos. And what a contrast between the beauty of those Sana buildings and the poverty and hardship. From your photos, Hugh, it also looks amazingly clean - is it all like that? Gorgeous donkeys! Wed 27 Jan 2010 11:57:47 GMT+1 eddiemair Hugh will be back on PM tonight. Wed 27 Jan 2010 11:55:48 GMT+1 Lady_Sue Absolutely wonderful, sensitive photos Hugh. I was absolutely enchanted by them. It would seem you are in a photographers' paradise. The report last night was thoroughly engaging - I could have listened to much more of it and hope for a further report this evening. Thank you. Wed 27 Jan 2010 11:52:11 GMT+1 Dick Hobbs Even by Hugh's standards these are wonderful, evocative, atmospheric pictures which put his reports into real context. Thank you very much for posting them Wed 27 Jan 2010 11:49:05 GMT+1