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Yemeni brick makers follow centuries-old tradition

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A boy arranges dried mud blocks at a traditional brick manufacturing site in Sanaa, Yemen Nov. 20, 2012.

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Workers work near the kiln. The bricks are used in the construction of houses due to their low cost.

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Workers stack dried mud bricks in a kiln for firing.

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Workers carry mud bricks to the kiln.

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The bricks are made using the same methods as the towering 16th century mud brick buildings in the ancient city of Shibam, in the southeastern Yemeni province of Hadhramout. Shibam is a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Another view of Shibam.

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At the brick manufacturing site, a worker adds a bucket of water to the clay and water mixture used to make the bricks.

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A worker shapes and arranges bricks before they are fired in the kiln.

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Boys transfer dried mud bricks to the kiln.

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