My friend Ziad led me through a maze of beautiful old houses in Old Sana'a before we finally arrived on a rooftop with this view.

The sun was setting. It was my first day in Yemen. I knew next to nothing about it. This view was unsettlingly beautiful. I felt like I was there on borrowed time: the fragility of this sort of tranquility hung over our heads.

In some ways it feels like it has been this way forever.

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