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Meetings on the conflict in Yemen

Continued conflict in Yemen and military intervention by the forces of neighbouring countries have brought unprecedented hardship to the country and its people. As at the end of last season of talks, we plan to cover the developing situation in Yemen with its social, humanitarian and cultural aspects, without losing sight of the B-YS's broader mission of "advancing public education and knowledge concerning the Republic of Yemen, its history, geography, economy and culture".

We are delighted that the two new co-Presidents of the Society have agreed to address our first two meetings of the current season:

Friday 25 September 2015 6pm

In association with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and the British-Yemeni Society HE the new Yemeni Ambassador, Dr Yassin Saeed Nu'man, will give a talk to B-YS members. This will be held in the MBI Al Jaber Room, 21 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EA.

Drinks will be served from 5.30pm, members £5, non-members £10. For the purposes of catering please advise the Hon Secretary Audrey Allfree, email:, tel: 020 7731 3260, if you wish to attend.
It is advisable to RSVP as soon as possible as numbers are limited to 50.

Friday 23 October 2015 6pm 

HE Edmund Fitton-Brown, British Ambassador to Yemen will give a talk to B-YS members at St Matthew's Conference Centre, 20 Great Peter Street, Westminster SW1P 2BU.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the venue, please note that the Conference Centre is attached to St Matthew's Church and is accessed via the main church door. Once inside, the Conference Centre is immediately on your right.

Drinks will be served from 5.30pm.
Tickets on the door: Members £5, Non-Members £10.
For the purpose of catering please advise the Hon Secretary Audrey Allfree, email, or by telephone 020 7731 3260, if you wish to attend.

Tuesday 8 December 2015 7pm

There will be a joint event with the Royal Society for Asian Affairs (RSAA) in the Khalili Lecture Theatre at SOAS. The event will take the form of a panel discussion, 3-4 speakers, Details will follow.

Future meetings

The Committee is following up on a number of other suggestions for meetings throughout the year, including a talk by a representative of one of the Ismaili minority communities in Yemen, and, if we are able, a musical session and/or a film presentation. We hope also to have an opportunity to hear about the consequences of conflict to Yemen's cultural and architectural heritage.

We welcome suggestions from members, and introductions to potential speakers who might be able to offer presentations on subjects of interest.

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. 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.

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.