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Leyla Al-Sayadi writes about her project recording the history of the Yemeni community:

When I started this project nearly 2 years ago, I was completely unaware of the journey I would be taking. Aiming to put together what has seemed an increasingly forgotten history has been an exciting and at times daunting task.

The idea of making a website on the history of the Yemeni community has been kicked around for years but it is not something I thought I would take upon myself to do until a chance conversation where the words ‘Leyla, make a website’ had me saying ok and starting this entire journey.
The content of this site is entirely made up from what has been donated to me by members of the community, what I have researched and what I have somehow been able to find.

I have largely tried to avoid putting a narrative with material as this would be my own but where facts exist I have put them forward.
I believe this history is something for all of South Shields and the North East of England to take pride in as for over 100 years we have shown the world that love and tolerance prevail. The integration of Yemeni seamen into South Shields was not without ups and downs and this site has not ignored that. The end result, however, is that united we have stood and in 2015 I believe this issue as a relevant as it has ever been.’ click here.

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