Yemen & Ethiopia

Yemen & Ethiopia

YEMEN  –  ETHIOPIA

Separated by the straight of Bab-al-Mandab, at the entrance to the Red Sea and opposite the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Ethiopia share common geographic features. With large mountains of well over 3.500 metres high in the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula and over 4.600 metres above the Abyssinian plateau, they constitute related eco-systems, with similar climate, vegetation and crops.

For instance, the coffee plant originates in that region, both countries considering it a native of their respective territories.

The origins of both Yemen and Ethiopia go back to the 10th century BC; both were parts of the dominions of the Queen of Sheba, who at the time visited King Solomon in Jerusalem.

Ethiopia became Christian and attached to the Coptic Church, dependent on the Patriarchate of Alexandria, at the beginning of the 4th century. On the other hand, Yemen adopted Islam in the 7th century and its inhabitants continue to be Muslim.

These photographic travelogues show the contrasts – through landscape, architecture and people – which stem from their geographic affinity and the cultural and religious differences between the two countries.

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