Before departing from Yemen Kenneth sat down with us and shared his feelings about the year he spent at YCMES. During his stay Kenneth became a valued member of an organization which serves the needs of Somali refugees in Yemen. Kenneth was able to gain an advanced level of proficiency in Arabic while staying at the college and we wish him the best in his educational pursuits.
Despite the current political situation in Yemen students continue to choose the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies as their preferred study abroad destination. Luca Nevola, a PhD candidate from Italy, has had a long history of living and studying in both the cities and rural areas of Yemen. Before arriving in July, Luca had expected to find a Yemen much different from the one he has come to know. During a brief interview Luca was asked how the picture which media outlets have depicted differs from the reality of daily life here in Sana’a.