Ali Al-Gamrah and Mohammed Arumiama
Kuwait University hospital, University of Sana’a – Yemen
Yemen is one of the few countries in which carrying and possessing weapons is common. For the Yemeni, weapon is a symbol of his honor, which cannot be put aside. Weapons in different forms are used daily at Yemeni homes. The people consider their weapons as family treasure and honor, like the traditional dagger (Djambia), which is traded high on the one side, meaning that it can be used as collateral for loans. On the other Hand Djambias are the symbol for men and families’ honor, so that they can be put as a guarantee for peace treaties or agreements. Fire-arms have spread during the last 100
years all over the country. They have also taken the same role and value as the Djambias and the Swords in the past. The development since the revolution of 1962 and the war to stabilize the republic, which lasted over 15Years, was very dramatic. Yemenis got used to weapons and could get
and posses quite a wide range of them. This spread of weapons increases the likelihood of accidental and non-accidental injuries which may in many cases be fatal. This study analyzes all cases received in the Yemen German hospital with stab-wound or gunshot injuries during 2002-2005.
The Government of Yemen is aware of the weapon problem and its consequences. There were therefore quite early attempts to control weapon possession by law. The efforts to apply controls on weapon trade, weapon carriage and transportation were variable during the last 45 years. Since 4 years weapon control efforts were crowned by a relatively
firm law, which was ratified by the Yemeni parliament. This law forbids the possession and carriage of fire arms without a valid license. This law was gradually enforced in