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Fayed Ali al-Ahmed, a former sailor in a cafŽ run by a fellow Yemeni in Pillgwenlly, the dockland area of Newport in south Wales. He was one of the pioneers who settled in the harbour towns and cities of the UK. After leaving the British Merchant Navy he worked for British Rail before retiring to… Read more

Fayed Ali al-Ahmed, a former sailor in a cafŽ run by a fellow Yemeni in Pillgwenlly, the dockland area of Newport in south Wales. He was one of the pioneers who settled in the harbour towns and cities of the UK. After leaving the British Merchant Navy he worked for British Rail before retiring to Yemen in 1993.
The docks in Newport was where many Yemeni sailors first arrived in Britain. The mines of the Welsh Valleys were the main source of the coal exported to Aden, which was part of the British Empire until its independence in 1967. Aden became a huge bunkering station used to fuel British ships sailing to Bombay and beyond.