Absence of basic services, security deterioration, corruption and unemployment are on top of concerns for Yemeni young men and women, a recent poll said.
The poll prepared by the Studies and Economic Media Center said 70% of Yemeni people don’t have trust in the provincial governments which have not served the public interest well. Many of the questioned people said there is a big gap between men and females and that education, healthcare and sanitation services are very poor and in most cases remain absent.
The poll was prepared by the center in collaboration with the EU Mission in Yemen in an effort to find out priorities of young people and women and then reporting the conclusions to provincial and central governments.
Meanwhile, concerns varied from a province to another based on the situations in each. In Taiz, Sanaa and Aden, for example, poor education, security deterioration and corruption represented the major concerns, electricity service in Hodeida and unemployment in Hadramout, the poll said.
Yemen is the poorest country in the region. Conflicts have been deepening the country's hurdles; even the 2011 uprising has failed to lift the country out of crises amid obvious failure of the reconciliation mechanisms and UN-backed efforts.
According to UN reports, half of the country's population, around 12 million, live under the poverty line. The poverty and unemployment rates are above 50%, mostly among the young people. One of the key problems which has deepened in the past few years lies in power outages.
The authorities have failed to put an end to repeated attacks on power pylons and to upgrade the power network amid reports most of the electric power stations are not functioning properly for technical and financial reasons.