Cruel Harvest

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In the midst of Yemen's Arab Spring uprising in 2011, villagers in Bani Jormooz, a strategic district north of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, overran a pair of Republican Guard bases, killing the commander of one. In response, the military allegedly unleashed a brutal campaign of collective reprisals, destroying the village's water supplies and laying approximately 8,000 anti-personnel landmines in agricultural land. If confirmed, the mining of Bani Jormooz would make Yemen the only signatory to the international Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty to lay new landmines within its borders, as Joe Sheffer reports in Foreign Policy. The following images, taken by Sheffer in 2012 and 2013, reveal a community unable to farm for fear of setting off explosions -- and what appear to be mainly Soviet-era landmines that should have been destroyed by the Yemeni government before 2002. 

Above, Adel Amir al-Hosn, 45, looks out toward al-Khabsha military base in Bani Jormooz. The land between him and the base in the distance is all thought to be mined.


Above, East German PPM2-type anti-personnel mines removed from the ground near al-Khabshah village.


Vineyards go untended in Bani Jormooz because of the landmine risk.


The outer perimeter wall of the 63rd Republican Guard base can be seen in the distance.


A landmine victim reveals his prosthetic leg in Bani Jormooz.


Above, Russian GYATA 64 landmines removed from the ground in Bani Jormooz.


Russian Type 6/7 Wooden Mines removed from the Bani Jormooz area by villagers.

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