Chart: Bani Helal Tribe Hierarchy

February 7, 2013

The Bani Helal is a large tribal group in northern Shabwah, which includes several sub-tribes. Geographic and genealogical proximity do not create harmony, however. Members of the Bani Atef, a Bani Helal sub-tribe, became embroiled in a feud in November 2012 with members of another Bani Helal sub-tribe due to a matter of a love affair between members of the respective groups, according to local reporting.[1]  This and other instances of inter- and intra-tribal fighting raise serious questions about the challenges posed by relying on local tribes to protect U.S. interests in Yemen.

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Sources

“Belhareth Tribe,” Hadramawt Forum, September 11, 2006 [Arabic]. Available: http://www.hdrmut.net/vb/showthread.php?t=218235

“Names of Shabwah tribes and their areas,” Sky Shabwa, August 2, 2010 [Arabic]. Available: http://www.skyshabwa.com/vb/showthread.php?t=3339

“Question about the Bani Halal,” Shabwah Forum, January 13, 2007 [Arabic]. Available: http://forum.sh3bwah.maktoob.com/t58374.html

“Tribes of Abyan,” Hadramawt Forum, November 4, 2009 [Arabic]. Available: http://www.hdrmut.net/vb/t301337.html


[1]“Tribal clashes in Shabwah due to honor crime,” Barakish Net, November 26, 2012 [Arabic]. Available: http://www.barakish.net/news.aspx?cat=12&sub=15&id=40090