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Blissful isolation

Yemen [SOCTORA ISLANDS]

While Yemen’s slow-motion collapse from dictatorship to failed state continues unabated, there is a group of Yemeni islands in the Indian Ocean that are enjoying something of a different trajectory.

Positioned just east of the Gulf of Aden, and only 80km from the Somali coast, the archipelago of Socotra is a small string of islands described by some of the world’s most famous explorers, from Marco Polo to Trisão da Cunha.

These days Socotra is sought after less for its beauty than for its strategic importance…

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