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The decision of the House of Commons to reject military action against Syria was the right one and will be welcomed well beyond the borders of this troubled state. More than two million refugees and five million displaced within its borders since the conflict began paints a distressing picture. Change the figures, however, and you could be referring to the country of my birth, Yemen.

My Goan parents settled in south Yemen, as many of Indian origin did, as they travelled to the Gulf to find work. The country and its people have always been political. One of my first…

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