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Yemen crisis appeal

The British-Yemeni Society has been observing with concern the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen over the past months. The Society is especially aware of the plight of the families and friends of our members in the country. As a response to the continued crisis it has decided to contribute £2,000 of its own funds in support of the Yemen Crisis Appeal. Out of the five humanitarian agencies that are currently working on the ground in the country, the Society will divide its donation equally between the International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent and the Medecins Sans Frontieres.

The Society would like to invite BYS members to support its efforts and to this end it is kindly asking members to contribute on top of this donation by sending their cheques made payable to The British-Yemeni Society, to the Hon Treasurer Mr Peter Welby of Flat 3, 59 Sunnybank, London SE25 4TN or donations may be made in cash to the Hon Secretary, Audrey Allfree, during our last meeting before the summer break on 18 June 2015. For every pound donated the Society can reclaim 25 pence gift aid. We would like to ask members who have not yet done so, and are UK tax payers, to sign the relevant form which the Hon Secretary can provide, or which can be downloaded here on the website.

The BYS committee would like to acknowledge the significant support our members and their friends have given to similar appeals over the years (e.g. for the Soqotra Training Centre), and is hoping that members will contribute generously.

Update on the Yemen crisis – June 18

As part of the MBI Al Jaber Foundation Lecture Series the British-Yemeni Society and the MBI Al Jaber Foundation are co-hosting an Update on the Yemen Crisis. 

This will be held on Thursday 18 June 2015 5.45pm - 7pm at the MBI Al Jaber Building, MBI Al Jaber Conference Room, London Middle East Institute (LMEI), SOAS, 21 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EA

There will be a briefing and discussion. 

It is advisable to RSVP as soon as possible as numbers are limited to 50.

lease reply to:

Details of the speakers will follow.

Leila Ingrams

We greatly regret to record the tragic news of the death on 22 March, near her home in Kent, of Leila Ingrams.

Leila had been a member of the Society since its inception and will be warmly remembered for her tireless efforts at different levels to promote the culture and welfare of the people of Yemen – a country which she visited frequently and regarded as a second home.

On behalf of the Society the Chairman has sent his condolences to Leila's family.

Leila was also joint patron with Joanna Ellis of 'Friends of Hadhramaut', a charitable association which sponsors local community projects within the province.

An obituary will be published in this year's journal.

An event will be organised to celebrate Leila's life at the Royal Geographical Society with a date to be announced.

Note from the family: Leila was loved by all who knew her around the world. If you worked with Leila and/or knew her personally, the family would be grateful if you could get in touch with memories and details about her life as they are compiling a short biography to celebrate her life. Please email Elizabeth Ingrams (cousin of Leila's and daughter of fellow Friends of Hadhramaut Leonard and Rosalind Ingrams) with any of these memories:

BYS membership survey

May we request those of you who have not taken the survey to please do so.

It is most important for the Society to collect as many responses as possible. The link to the survey is:


Your Society now has a Facebook page, under the name ‘The British-Yemeni Society’, in both English and Arabic. It aims to keep the wider public informed about Society activities, provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on Yemen, and network people with common interests.

Members’ contact details

We occasionally need to make last minute changes to the programme and make every effort to keep members up to date. Where members have provided an email address, this is a simple procedure; for members without email, the Hon. Secretary will advise as many as possible – and practical – via telephone.