Houthis push southerners to secede

Middle East Eye, November, 21, 2014

Houthis push southerners to secede

Bayumi Murad was the former general of the Ministry of Interior in Aden in the early nineties. After the north defeated the south in the 1994 civil war, Murad was forced out of his job.

That same year, he travelled to Sana’a to find work, but recounts, “once the country unified and Saleh formed the government, none of the good positions were given to the southerners.”

Despite his former experience of working in tourism and the military, he was compelled to work as a tour guide. “There was nothing for us,”he said, “unless you belonged to the same tribe as President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.”

“I haven’t received my pension or salary since 1994, and I’m not the only one.”

In his late sixties, Murad relies on the support of his family and friends to stay afloat.

– See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/houthis-push-southerners-secede-290525752#sthash.i2yFkKXv.dpuf

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