This is why qualified Yemenis leave home [Archives:2003/649/Letters to the Editor]

July 10 2003

Ayyob I.
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I am one of the Yemeni engineers, who graduated from an Arab country and returned to my homeland to contribute to the development of Yemen. But unfortunately the Yemeni authorities were unable to respect our professions as highly qualified engineers. As a matter of fact, they do not know exactly what the word 'engineer' implies. Many Yemenis think that an engineer should either be a mechanic or an electrician.
Because of such oppression carried out against qualified men like me, I had to leave the country again to find a better place where I can earn a living and be respected. Disrespect and ignorance make many qualified Yemenis leave their home towards better opportunities.