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Al-Monitor: Yemeni Girls Turn to Solar Energy To Keep Power On

Al-Monitor: Yemeni Girls Turn to Solar Energy To Keep Power On

By: Nafeesa Syeed for Al-Monitor

SANAA — For Wafa Al-Rimi, Yemen’s revolution brought dark days. Though power outages are frequent in the country, Al-Rimi says during the past year’s unrest, some days saw less than an hour of electricity.

Attempting to study for exams in those conditions got the 16-year-old and some of her classmates thinking: How could they keep the lights on?
“We were tired of darkness,” Al-Rimi says. So, they turned to the sun.
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Create shortcuts for Islamic phrases on your iPhone

Many people use various English acronyms for Islamic greetings like “asa” for “as-salamu-alaykum” or “iA” for “insha Allah”. We find these commonly used on mobile text messages. Apple’s iPhone has a feature where you can create keyboard “shortcuts”. So I decided to make shortcuts in Arabic for “asa”, “ws”, “alh” and “iA”. Here are screenshots and instructions on how to do this:

Step 1: Settings > General > Keyboard

Step 2: Add International Keyboard (Arabic)

Step 3: Add Keyboard Shortcuts


Step 4: Test it out!

There you have it! Now you can amaze your friends with our awesome Arabic typing skills.