Yemeni children, formerly Huthi fighters, are pictured outside a rehabilitation centre at a school in the town of Marib, on January 29, 2018. AFP / Abdullah Al-QADRY
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The clang of jackhammers and excavators fills the streets of Marib, an oil-rich Yemeni boomtown once accustomed to the sounds of war, now a rare oasis of stability in a country torn by strife. Yemen is convulsed by the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with rampant disease, famine and a ruinous conflict pitting the Saudi-backed government of President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi against Iran-aligned Houthi rebels.Marib is now Yemen's most thriving city, thanks in part to an influx of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people, among them entrepreneurs, doctors and a monied class that is driving up investments and real estate prices.Some scars of the war rumbling on outside Marib are still visible inside the province."So many dead and limbless people," said Mohammad Abdo al-Qubati, head of Marib general hospital, home to Yemen's only functional prosthetic limbs center in government territory.Marib, with an original population of around 350,000, is sinking under the weight of what officials say are 1.5 million displaced people from across Yemen, putting a strain on resources.
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