Upcoming Events

24/03/2018 - 13:00

Liverpool Friends of Yemen (LFoY) is organising a seminar about the war in Yemen and its catastrophic consequences on the Yemeni people during the last three years since the war started. Further details and registration (free): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/after-3-years-of-war-together-4-peace-in-yemen-tickets-43503047787


04/04/2018 - 18:00

The meeting will feature a showing of Professor Vitaly Naumkin's documentary programme about the Russian film-maker Vladimir Schneiderov's visit to the Kingdom of Yemen in 1929, preceded by a short introductory talk.  The documentary features fascinating early footage of a Yemen that was almost entirely inaccessible.  The documentary is in Arabic, but the introduction and some English language subtitling should make it accessible to all.

Refreshments will be available.  Members: £5; Non-members: £10.

29/05/2018 - 18:00

Dr Adel Aulaqi will speak on his recently published book "From Barefoot Doctors to Professors of Medicine in 75 years"  This will be a light hearted presentation on how the healthcare system in South Western Arabia was developed and modernised.  Health care in Yemen made enormous strides over the second half of the 20th century.  Dr Adel offers a delightful personal overview.  Members £5; Non-members £10

The British-Yemeni Society was founded in February 1993 to promote mutual friendship and understanding, and to advance public knowledge in the United Kingdom about the Republic of Yemen, its history, geography, economy, and culture. 

The Society holds regular meetings and lectures throughout the year and has been involved in sponsoring artistic visits to and from the UK and Yemen, support for medical and educational initiatives in Yemen, and backing for publications and exhibitions in the UK. The Society also provides a focus for contact between individuals of both countries for the development of cultural, commercial, and humanitarian activities. 

The British-Yemeni Society is a charity registered in the UK (No. 1027531). Its joint Honorary Presidents are the current Yemeni Ambassador in London and the British Ambassador to Yemen.  Its affairs are managed by an elected committee and Honorary Officers. 

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