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MARAUDING MOTO-TAXIS

Yemen

A story by Jungles in Paris

Yemen is a dry, rugged country at the foot of the Arabian Peninsula, where motorbikes double as unofficial taxis. Cheaper than official cabs and also faster, they weave perilously through the ancient, dusty streets of Sana’a, the capital.

A motorcycle functions as an alternative status symbol. It’s common for owners to trick their bikes out with goatskins, old carpets, tassels, stickers, and other forms of loving embellishment.

These daredevils offer a practical form of transportation, in part because they tend to make their own traffic rules. They have, perhaps, an outlaw charm.

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