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Country Overview

The implementation of activities in Yemen as part of RiT2.0 commenced in October 2022. Although the country was not initially included in RiT1.0, it was later added due to the urgent needs present. While the offline activities, including community events, listening groups, and data collection, primarily took place in Aden, Lahj, Marib, Taiz, and Hadramout, which are under the control of the internationally recognized government, the media content aimed at combating misinformation was disseminated nationwide.  

In Yemen, the project formed partnerships (implementing partners) with three organizations: two media organizations, Awafi and Sout Al-Mohamasheen, and one humanitarian organization, Soul, which, after obtaining the necessary permits from the government, extensively covered the field activities in the aforementioned governorates. Soul in collaboration with the Internews team, conducted comprehensive coverage of all targeted areas and regions in Yemen to collect online rumors as well. This was achieved by monitoring and recording rumors circulating on popular social media platforms in Yemen, such as Facebook, and Telegram. 

On the other hand, Awafi and Sout Al-Mohamasheen produced media content on a monthly basis to address misinformation.  

Under RiT2.0 we highlighted and addressed the concerns of Internally dispalced persons (IDPs) and Al- Muhammasheen. Historically, this racial and ethnic group have faced discrimination, isolation, and poverty due to their African heritage and skin color.  Much of the prejudice against them is rooted in the country’s structural racism whereby Yemen’s education, health, employment, and land ownership systems explicitly or implicitly deny access for this community.  

Al Muhamasheen’s Voice, a valued media partner of Internews under the RiT2.0 initiative, has played a pivotal role in addressing the information gap and ensuring accessibility to media content for the Al Muhamasheen community. This esteemed partner is dedicated to raising awareness about the challenges faced by the Muhamasheen community and advocating for their rights and dignity. Through their efforts, the organization diligently documents instances of human rights violations committed against the Muhamasheen, including instances of discrimination, poverty, and limited access to essential services such as education and healthcare. To ensure tackling misinformation IDPs and Al- Muhammasheen, Soul ensured collecting rumours from these groups and guaranteed their involvement in the community events. 


Information Ecosystem Assessment


his Information Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) is divided in seven sections, each of which provide context, background, and details on how information is produced, consumed, and shared in Yemen by the population. After a review of the data, this report provides a list of recommendations for improving Yemen’s information ecosystem and the gaps in information that allow mis/disinformation to spread.


Journalistic Guides



Social Media Snapshot

Rooted in Trust uses qualitative and quantitative approaches to collect and respond to misinformation in the contexts where we work. The information below is powered by Talkwalker and aims to give a quick snapshot of the trends in information being shared about COVID-19 on social media in this context. This data is meant as illustrative of general trends rather than being representative of the beliefs of all groups.




For a more comprehensive analysis of misinformation shared in online and offline spaces that intentionally seeks out the beliefs and opinions of vulnerable members of the community, please see our Rumor Bulletins.