In the midst of Yemen's Arab Spring uprising in 2011, villagers in Bani Jormooz, a strategic district north of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, overran a pair of Republican Guard bases, killing the commander of one. In response, the military allegedly unleashed a brutal campaign of collective reprisals, destroying the village's water supplies and laying approximately 8,000 anti-personnel landmines in agricultural land. If confirmed, the mining of Bani Jormooz would make Yemen the only signatory to the international Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty to lay new landmines within its borders, as Joe Sheffer reports in Foreign Policy. The following images, taken by Sheffer in 2012 and 2013, reveal a community unable to farm for fear of setting off explosions -- and what appear to be mainly Soviet-era landmines that should have been destroyed by the Yemeni government before 2002.
Above, Adel Amir al-Hosn, 45, looks out toward al-Khabsha military base in Bani Jormooz. The land between him and the base in the distance is all thought to be mined.