2012/02/03 archive

5 Minute Challenge – Yemen

In January of 2011, the people of Yemen joined numerous other Arab countries and began protesting unemployment in the country, the economic conditions and corruption. Yemen is the poorest Arab country due to widespread corruption, low education levels, violence and mismanagement. Official statistics say that one out of every three Yemenis is unemployed, especially younger citizens. Almost half of the population lives under poverty line. Islam is the State religion, and Shari’a, the Islamic law, is the source of all legislation. The Government forbids conversion from Islam and proselytizing of Muslims. Family and the government are the main sources of oppression and persecution.