Pollution sufferers appeal to MPs for rescue [Archives:2006/966/Local News]

July 24 2006

HADRAMOUT, July 19 ) In a letter to the media last week, locals of Al-Dhaliah district, Hadramout Governorate, appealed to their representatives at Parliament to rescue them from pollution that spread in the area after the Hungarian Company (MALL) left poisonous substances near their houses.

In their letter, published by Al-Shoura Net, the horror-stricken locals said many people in the area died from blood and kidney cancers caused by these poisonous substances, while others are still struggling with the disease.

They urged the concerned parties to interrogate those involved in the catastrophe and approve compensations for relatives of the dead, considering this their legal right, particularly as the Ministry of Oil and Minerals confessed to the existence of the poisonous substances.

Al-Dhaliah locals confirmed that they don't claim compensation in the form of money, but they want the payment of their treatment abroad by the Ministry of Oil and Minerals to be equivalent to those who received financial assistance of 3,500 (USD).

Two years have passed after the company left petroleum pollutants in the area, and despite promises by the Minister of Oil and Minerals to summon an expert to examine these substances, nothing happened until writing this report.

On the other hand, graduates from the Petroleum Faculty in Hadramout University appealed to the President of the Republic to intervene in their employment issue.

They sent a letter to the President saying: “We contacted the concerned parties in Hadramout governorate with regard to our employment and obtained nothing except for promises, despite the fact some of us graduated five years ago.”

Several graduates complained that high school leavers get jobs, whilst Petroleum Faculty graduates are excluded, however, there are many petroleum companies in Yemen that announce many vacancies every year. They said that employment offices in Hadramout deny the existence of any job opportunities.

Only five batches of students, with less than 25 graduates each, have graduated so far from the Petroleum Faculty in Hadramout University since its establishment.