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Briefing and discussion on the situation in Yemen: 
30 April 2015, at 6pm

In association with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS the British-Yemeni Society will be holding a meeting at the MBI al Jaber Room, London Middle East Institute, SOAS, 21 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EA. There will be a briefing and discussion with our members.

It is a very difficult time for all B-YS members but particularly those with relatives and friends in Yemen. Our hearts go out to all those affected by the current violence and its impact on what was already a desperate humanitarian situation. 

The briefing we organised on 9 April examined the causes of the current conflict and its effects on people and it was clear from many in the audience that everyone wants to do more to end the crisis and help those suffering from it. Since then the Chair has written to the British Government. His letter concluded "The British-Yemeni Society thus urges that the British Government does its utmost to persuade the international community and the combatants to agree to an immediate ceasefire and the lifting of embargoes, if only temporary, to enable the delivery of vitally needed aid, and that the government continues its efforts via the United Nations to bring a permanent end to the fighting through negotiation and the resumption of the political process started by the National Dialogue Conference and the drafting of a new constitution." 

A former chairman has written similar terms to the Foreign Secretary. We are in regular touch with the FCO and the British Ambassador. Several B-YS members are active in the media on the issues.

There was a consensus at the 9th April meeting that we should not pursue our normal agenda at this time but focus on the current situation and what the B-YS and its members can do. Chris Ward has agreed to postpone his talk on water and we will devote the 30th April meeting to a further update on the situation followed by a discussion to be introduced by one of our committee members on how the B-YS can assist the Yemenis in the UK in this difficult time.

Further details will follow. Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm. There is no charge for this event.

As space will be limited please register with the Hon Secretary, Audrey Allfree: or telephone 020 7731 3260, if you wish to attend the meeting. Guests are welcome but must please register in advance.

Society AGM: 3 June 2015

Please note that the AGM will take place at Baden-Powell House on 3 June, followed by a buffet reception. Details will follow in early May.

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.