Slavery reestablished by Houthis in Yemen

January 21, 2024

In the areas of the Republic of Yemen controlled by Ansar Allah, popularly known as Houthis (a label which they reject), have effectively reinstituted slavery in the areas of the Republic which are under their control.

Ansar Allah are currently in the news as they are attacking shipping in the Gulf of Aden.

“Who are the slaves?”

Some are unpaid domestic servants.  Most of them are black, who are the descendants of slaves who were traded and sold in Yemen in the past.  Others are children.

Most of the slaveowners are the Hashemites, who are descendants from the lineage of the Prophet Muhammad.

 

Sources

https://www.state.gov/reports/2022-country-reports-on-human-rights-practices/yemen/ Retrieved 21 January 2024.
https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/1810456/exclusive-houthis-restore-slavery-yemen  Retrieved 21 January 2021