More than two years after the uprising toppled Saleh's government, Bani Jormooz still appears to be paying the price for its disloyalty in 2011. In July 2012, a government demining team from Sanaa was actually turned back by troops stationed in Bani Jormooz. According to the region's tribal sheikh, Naseeb al-Khabsha, "There was an agreement, truce, and acknowledgment from the Republican Guards that mines had been laid and the rough numbers of the devices confirmed... but when the survey team arrived they were told at gunpoint to leave." The base's commander, Ahmad al-Jackee, refused to remove the mines because he claimed they were "necessary for the base's protection," according to Khabsha.
Even if the Republican Guards were moved to demine the fields, it's not clear they would know where to start. Adel Amir al-Hosn, a former grape and qat farmer who witnessed the explosion that maimed Fawaz, says the military planted the devices on his land without a clear plan. Whether they would even be able to locate the mines now is anybody's guess.
"The mines were laid hastily in soft sand in the dry river beds and in ploughed fields. Many have shifted after the rains and are now scattered across the land after the flooding. Many are no longer where they were placed," says Hosn, who claims that three members of the Republican Guard were injured in an accidental landmine explosion last year.
Shiekh Khabsha, for his part, has little faith that the responsible commanders will be brought to justice.
"We're just looking for three things. Compensation for the victims of the mines, clearance of remaining minefields, and the removal of remaining Republican Guard posts from our land," he said.
"This nightmare has been running for nearly two whole years now. Farmers can't farm their land, and people can't grow their food. There is a new government in Sanaa; let them show that this is a new beginning."