“Al Muhamasheen”, meaning “The Marginalized One” in Arabic, is a term in Yemen reserved for the lowest of the low. You can usually see these people, mostly consisting of Yemen’s darker skinned population, in the small alleyways of Sana’a, dutifully sweeping away the refuse thrown onto the streets. Considered dirty and lazy, the Muhamasheen have held such jobs for as long as most can remember. Here they make up what would essentially be the equivalent of the untouchable caste in India. Ostracized by the general population in Yemen, they are forced to live and work in the shadows of one of the world’s oldest cities.
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