It’s that time of year…. the holy month of Ramadan…. and it is featured in this week’s photos from around Sana’a. This is a glimpse of life in the city outside of bombs and cholera.

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Yemenis receive food aid distributed by a local charity during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, in the capital Sanaa, on May 29, 2017.

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A Yemeni cook fries samosas at a shop in the capital Sanaa on May 30, 2017 during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.

(For more on samosas during Ramadan, see my post The Ramadan Treat.)

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A Yemeni man reads from the Koran, Islam’s holiest book, during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in the capital Sanaa on June 1, 2017.

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Yemeni men read from the Koran, Islam’s holiest book, during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in the capital Sanaa on June 1, 2017.

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A general view taken on June 1, 2017, shows the Rawda Grand Mosque in the Yemeni capital’s northern al-Rawda district, during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

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A Yemeni man applies Kohl to a man’s eyes, a local tradition carried out during the fasting month of Ramadan in the capital Sanaa on June 1, 2017.

Since I have never heard of Kohl, I went in search of more information. The below video explains what Kohl is, which is basically an eyeliner. Just be aware that this video has weird eye disease photos (which apparently the eyeliner helps cure). Or alternatively, you can read about it and how younger generations are turning to other types of eyeliner from The Yemen Times.

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