Yemen’s dream killers [Archives:2002/42/Focus]

October 14 2002

At a time when Yemen is looking for ways to work to a better future, obstacles are being put in the way.
There are many people who are desire, killers: men who have lost their sense of responsibility towards the coming generations. The only language they speak is the language of egoism and selfishness. They never think of other people around them, so they never consider what will happen to the rising generations, even their own relatives, their sons and daughters.
Examples of such kind of men can be seen and found in various groups.
The first is the farmer who wastes water to irrigate the harmful Qat tree. Such farmers do not take into consideration the future of their own grandsons and daughters.
Another is the father who begets many children, without thinking of what will become of them, without any source of insurance, notwithstanding, that modern medicine makes it easy to control the number of the family-members through birth control.
A third and the most dangerous kind of men are dishonest officials who believe in bribery and nepotism. It is these kinds of weeds that are to be uprooted from our beautiful and peaceful society. These are men who are killers of the innocent desires and ambitions of our generation. It doesn’t matter whether they’re high-paid or low-paid officials, or high- ranked or low-ranked officials. Bad men fall into all these categories.
Yemen has some hard-working, persistent young men who are doing their best to create prosperous future and at the same get better jobs for themselves. Officials who use bribery and nepotism and give lucrative jobs to those who don’t deserve them, to those who can pay more, are harming Yemen.
So it becomes not a matter of qualifications, competence and proficiency, but rather a matter of payment, profit, and commerce. We can call our chamber of commerce not one of money and goods and bargains, but a chamber of commerce of jobs and vacancies. Alas! This is the bitter reality of our status quo.
This is leading to the regression of Yemen, and we have to deal with it if we’re going to move into the new world of business and technology that is out there.