Al-Houthi turns an academic at Sana'a University into a taxi driver

English - Wednesday 03 August 2022 الساعة 08:23 pm
Aden, NewsYemen:

 A prominent academic at Sanaa University, which is under the control of the terrorist Houthi militia, resorted to working as a taxi driver to provide for his family, after the militia cut the salaries of academics and employees in the government sector, since 2016.

Activists widely circulated pictures showing Dr. Abdullah Muammar al-Hakimi / Professor of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Sana'a University, as he works as a driver on a taxi.

Dr. Al-Hakimi has authored 12 books, three novels in print, and three short story collections. He is a member of more than one Arab and international sociology association and institution.

Activist and human rights activist, Arwa Al-Shamiri, said on her account on "Facebook" that Dr. Al-Hakimi is a study fellow with Dr. Rashad Al-Alimi, head of the recently formed Presidential Leadership Council.

And she added, "But the game of time made Dr. Abdullah Al-Hakimi a taxi driver with a doctorate qualification, after he was a professor at Sana'a University and his salary was cut off."

She added, "There is no shame in work, and Dr. Abdullah was not the first to hold a doctorate and work as a taxi driver or any honorable job, and he will not be the last."

She pointed out that the academic at Ibb University, Dr. Abdullah Ahmed Al-Awlaki, also became a taxi driver because of the Houthi takeover of the salaries of state employees.

While Dr. Al-Hakimi said, on his Facebook account: "My work as a bus driver will not diminish my scientific and moral standing, but rather it is a badge of honor on my chest at a time when there is less respect for science and scientists."

He added, "If a university professor is not respected in his work and given the appropriate status for him and for the knowledge he has acquired, the home is more honorable for him than the classroom, and washing dishes and children's clothes has a better moral and humanitarian value than dealing with someone who does not respect science and knowledge."  In reference to the Houthi militia's dealings with university academics in its areas of influence.

It is noteworthy that the Houthi militia has been looting the salaries of government sector employees for more than six years in a row, despite collecting huge financial revenues from state institutions that it controls by force of arms.