In 2006, ADRA Yemen initiated a Conflict Mitigation Project in 5 governorates which sought to address the root causes of conflict in targeted areas of Yemen by building better conflict management and mitigation capacities among rural communities. We received the following comments upon completion of the project.
“After attending the TOT Conflict Management training in Lebanon, I was able to integrate modern techniques into my knowledge of local traditions in mediation, arbitration and conflict management. I have been able to help resolve a number of conflicts that I wouldn’t have been able to before.”
—Man from Sa’adah
“A man beat his wife which led to his wife’s brothers preventing him from seeing her. A woman with high social status in the tribe arbitrated in the case. The result of the arbitration was a written commitment by the husband that he will never abuse his wife again. In addition he slaughtered a goat (a tradition to seek the forgiveness of the wife and her family or of a person) and also paid a fine to compensate her brother who swore not let him in his house.”
—Woman from Amran
“One day, an illiterate woman saw a paper, she didn’t know what it was and so she threw it in garbage (it was her husband’s ownership deed to the house). Her husband searched and searched for the paper, but couldn’t find it. Finally, his wife told him that she had thrown it away and a domestic conflict arose between them. I tried to apply what I had learned in the CMP training in conflict management. I explained to the husband that this happened because of the illiteracy of his wife. So, he decided to enroll his wife in the literacy education centre, and now she can read and write.”
—Woman from Amran