AL-WAHDAWI: Sanaa weekly, 28-7-98. [Archives:1998/31/Press Review]

August 3 1998

(People’s Nasserite Unionist Organization)   Main Headline:
1- Saudi Arabia holds on to the lands and islands it occupies, and wants a temporary containment of the crisis. The US is behind Yemen stepping up its media campaign of rhetoric against Saudi Arabia.
2- Nasserites in Yemen celebrate the 46th anniversary of the 23rd July Revolution in Egypt.
3- A senior official from the Mother Teresa organization visits Sanaa amid wide condemnation of the shooting to death of 3 of its nuns working in Hodeida.
4- The Committee of 100 To Combat Torture condemns the torturing of a female murder suspect – Amna Mohammed Saif, 35 – at the Taiz Criminal Investigation Directorate. A personal disagreement between the interrogating officer and his superiors led to the leaking out of a report on the prisoner’s health condition.
Article Summary:
Going To Saudi Arabia
By Abdulqawi M. Qassem
Going to work in Saudi Arabia has become a dream for many Yemenis, especially those who used to live there before the 2nd Gulf War. Some villagers resort to selling their farm animals and wives’ gold jewelry in order to pay for the visa fee of 10,000 Saudi riyals (YR 380,000) and a YR 8,000 medical examination fee.
Having enough money is no guarantee for obtaining the visa. It is a long-winded bureaucratic affair, both in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. A “reliable” Saudi sponsor must first be found. Long queues and large crowds start to form outside the Saudi Embassy very early in the morning. Some people spend a month or two going to the embassy every morning without achieving any tangible progress.