Yemen's peaceful mountaintop oasis


Since 2014, Yemen has found itself engulfed in civil war. The ongoing fight between the country's Houthi rebels and the government has killed at least 10,000 people, forced nearly three million from their homes, and led to a severe hunger crisis for those who remain.

A father and his son walk past the damage left from an airstrike in western Yemen in August 2015. | (REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)

But in the remote villages at the top of Dhalamlam Mountain, in western Yemen, life has largely carried on as usual. Unlike most people in Yemen before the war, these mountaintop dwellers have always lived without electricity and running water. They make their living off of the land, cultivating honey and growing coffee and grains. It's an antiquated — and sometimes brutal — way of living. Health care is hard to come by and goods have to be painstakingly brought up and down the mountainside by donkey or with rudimentary pulley systems. But in many ways, it's a relatively peaceful oasis in an otherwise chaotic nation.

Below, a look at life on the mountaintop:

Boys swim in a pond in the mountains, in the Jafariya district of the western province of Raymah, Yemen, on June 2, 2016. | (REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad)

A donkey hauls food up Dhalamlam Mountain on June 2, 2016. | (REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad)

People shop at a market in the mountains on June 3, 2016. | (REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad)

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A beekeeper checks his beehives on May 21, 2016. | (REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad)

A woman uses a stone grinder to make flour in her house on May 21, 2016. | (REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad)

A cable car carries supplies to Dhalamlam Mountain on May 20, 2016. | (REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad)

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