Notes on the Geography of Yemen: Shibam: Photo 8
In a more indigenous style, the old governor's palace now houses the German aid organization GTZ, responsible for protecting Shibam. The program rests on the principle of self-help, with GTZ contributing a third of the cost of renovation. This was a 10-year program beginning in 2000; by 2007, about a quarter of the town's property owners had taken advantage of the help. The small windows, by the way, are for guns, not the view.
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