Boys swim in the mountainous Jafariya district of the western province of Raymah. All photos were shot between May 20 and June 3, 2016. (Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

Perched in the upper altitudes of Raymah province are villages, centuries-old houses of stone that stud a series of mountains. Though these people are largely sheltered from the raging Yemen war, the remote lifestyle creates basic survival challenges.

The people live without electricity or running water, according to Reuters photographer Abduljabbar Zeyad, who visited the area in May and June. Residents must travel long distances to see a doctor. To move goods, they have three choices: by foot, by donkey, or by a rickety, rusted cable car powered by an automobile engine.

“Despite the difficulty of life, we’re still living here, just as our fathers and our ancestors did,” Mohammad Yahya Haidar told Zeyad. “We grow coffee and grain like they did, and we’ve grown accustomed to this life with all its cruelty and extreme hardship.”


A boy sits on the roof of a house on Dhalamlam Mountain. (Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

A man rides a cable car that carries people and supplies to Dhalamlam Mountain. (Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

A cable car carries supplies. (Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

A cable car operator uses a vehicle engine to run the cable car that carries people and supplies to Dhalamlam Mountain. (Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

Boys sit on an edge of the roof of their house. (Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

A girl plays on a swing near her house in the mountains. (Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

Men work on a farm on Dhalamlam Mountain. (Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

Houses in the mountains. (Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

A man with a donkey carrying food to Dhalamlam Mountain. (Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

A beekeeper checks his hives. (Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

A woman uses a stone grinder to make flour. (Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

A girl on the roof of her house. (Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)

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