A man from the community who call themselves the “the Marginalized” looks from a window of his hut in a slum area of Sanaa.
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Other Yemenis have traditionally called them the "Akhdam," or "servants".In a country where belonging to a tribe is vital to guaranteeing protection, status and livelihood, their community – which some estimates say numbers nearly 3 million people – is without a tribe and ignored by the government.The whole community of 200 families fled to Al-Rahda, another town in Taiz province.An estimated 9,000 people have been killed in the past year of fighting in Yemen, and more than 2.4 million have been driven from their homes.One advocacy group, the Yemeni Organization Against Discrimination, said it has documented more than 300 killed, including 68 children and 56 women.UNICEF has estimated they amount to about 10 percent of the population, or 2.6 million.He now works as a shoe shiner in Sanaa.He said that even before the war, his community had no rights.Only half the children were in school, 80 percent of the adults and nearly 52 percent of 10-14-year-olds were illiterate.
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