Adeni Sweets Shop.
Due to the peculiar war, many have come to live in Tareem, known to be among the safest places in Yemen. As a result, a few Adeni Sweet Shops have popped up here.
Historically, many went to South Asia and elsewhere via the port of Aden (10 hours away approximately) which explains the very Indo-Pak nature of Adeni Sweets.
The current photo is a small selection of sweets by Amran (pic) on my first visit, with a tiny clay cup of sugarless coffee. The previous photo I posted on this Page, was taken from the viewpoint of his shop.
Amran, like his goods, is a pleasant sweet chap, whom I’ve made friends with. He is from near Aden. He lives and works in the shop.
His family has gone back to his small town for a few months. He seems a little oblivious to Tareem’s rich history, so we often speak about our children, which makes him miss his family more.
Someone I know invited him over for lunch whenever, and he indicated he can’t really leave the shop. It’s not slavery, just people being careful with jobs perhaps. Or more accurately, livelihood.
This is common here in Yemen, not just livelihood but also men having to leave their family for extended period of time for work.
While some lands are economically poor, some people choose to become socially poor. Keep the phones away for later when contacting people we are unable to be with like Amran.
Meanwhile, hopefully knowing his brief situation will encourage us to have good family time with those we can be with.
Enjoy the weekend, seek true joy before it ends. 🙂